Four new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System modifiers have been developed to support reporting services based on changes introduced in Medicare policy for 2022.

A brief description follows the Medicare payment policies associated with each of the new modifiers. Some things to note about these modifiers and related policies include

Modifier FQ is specific to expanded Medicare coverage of telehealth for mental health services furnished to a beneficiary in their home using audio-only communications technology. This modifier and the related payment policy do not apply to services for conditions other than mental health or an SUD. E/M services addressing diagnosis, evaluation, or treatment of mental health and/or an SUD are reported with modifier FQ, when applicable.

Medicare policy requires the following:

It should be noted that the editorial panel for Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) has also added modifier 93 (synchronous telemedicine service rendered via...

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