AMA Announces CPT update for COVID-19 boosters adapted to omicron

From AMA CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced an editorial update to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)®, the nation’s leading medical terminology code set for describing health care procedures and services, that includes eight new codes for the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster doses from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. The updated boosters are adapted for the…

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Three lessons to prepare for the ‘next pandemic’

By Rachel McArthur for Healthcare IT News The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for the global healthcare community to embrace technology to prevent future pandemics. He warned, however, that employing advanced healthcare systems won’t be sustainable if they are not resilient and able to withstand major threats going forward. Speaking at…

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CMS creates billing codes for treatment found effective against omicron

By Alia Paavola for Becker’s Hospital Review CMS released its Medicare payment codes for administering an antibody treatment found effective against the COVID-19 omicron variant. The payment codes, effective Feb. 11, are for bebtelovimab. The drug was authorized last week by the FDA to treat patients who are at high risk for progression to severe…

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Hospital-acquired COVID-19 infections rare and dropping, study suggests

By Rebecca Pifer for Healthcare Dive Dive Brief: Over the pandemic, many patients have avoided going to the hospital unless absolutely necessary, citing fears of contracting COVID-19. But a new study suggests those fears may have been overblown. Rates of acquiring COVID-19 during a hospital stay are low, with only about 1.8% of patients contracting…

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