Establishing, Billing, and Coding Telehealth Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

1.0 CME / 1.0 CMD Management / 1.0 MOC

Still have questions about how to set up and bill for telehealth services during the COVID19 pandemic? Join the Society for a discussion about all the changes to telehealth including approaches to setting up a service for your practice and the latest on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 1135 waivers. We have teamed up experts in telemedicine and coding to provide the latest guidance questions you may have.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand which codes are eligible for telehealth coverage in PALTC during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Compare the difference in technical requirements of recently approved telehealth codes
  • Differentiate the needed elements for each type of approved code
  • Understand the benefits and deficits of telehealth


Alex Bardakh, MPP, PLC, is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for AMDA – The Society. Mr. Bardakh works for the Society’s extensive Public Policy agenda through Advocacy in Congress and numerous Federal Agencies. A graduate from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in Political Science/Psychology and Master’s Degree in Public and Legal Policy, Mr. Bardakh has extensive experience in health policy with a specific focus on areas such as payment models and quality of care initiatives. He has been a recognized national speaker on healthcare policy and has spoken at national conferences throughout the country.

Charles Crecelius, MD, PhD, FACP, CMD, is a practicing geriatrician, Director, Post-Acute Care Services for the BJC Medical Group ACO, multi-facility medical director for Delmar Gardens Enterprises, and Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. He is also the Project Medical Director for the CMMI-funded Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI) which is studying ways to decrease unnecessary hospitalizations. He is a Past President of AMDA – The Society for PALTC Medicine, represents the Society in the American College of Physician’s Subspecialty Advisory Group on Socioeconomic Affairs and the AMA Relative Value Update Committee, and is on the Steering Committee of their Practice Management Section.

Steven Handler, MD, PhD, CMD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh with a primary appointment in the Division of Geriatric Medicine where he is the Director for Geriatric Telemedicine Programs. He has secondary appointments in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and Clinical and Translational Research. His primary research area focuses on medication and patient safety primarily in the nursing home setting. He has published over 95 peer-reviewed articles in various geriatrics, nursing, informatics, health services, and patient safety journals over the past decade.

Robert Zorowitz, MD, MBA, CMD is Senior Medical Director of the Institutional Special Needs Program at Optum. A graduate of Albany Medical College, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He received his MBA from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice/Pallaitive Medicine and is a Certified Medical Director in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. As a geriatrician, his practice took him to the office, hospital and post-acute/long-term care settings.

Credit Statements

CME: AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians. The Society designates this self-study activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CMD: This self study activity has been pre-approved by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) for a total of 1.5 management hours toward certification or recertification as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in post-acute and long-term care medicine. The CMD program is administered by the ABPLM. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit actually spent on the activity.

MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.5 MOC points and medical knowledge and patient safety credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Credit Eligibility: 4/2020-4/2023

According to the Society and ACCME policy, all those in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships.

The following Annual Conference Program Planning Subcommittee members have financial relationships to report: 
Alan Abrams –  Edenbridge Health: Consultant; Perfect Health: Employee; Disclosure; Paige Hector – Paige Ahead Healthcare Education and Consulting-Owner; Diane Sanders-Cepeda, DO, CMD - UHG-Optum: Full Time Employee; Robert Zorowitz, MD, MBA, CMD – United Health Group: Stock Shareholder; All others have no financial relationships to disclose.

The following Education Committee members have financial relationships to report:
John Loome – Genesis HealthCare: Full Time Employee; Diane Sanders-Cepeda, DO, CMD – UHG-Optum: Full Time Employee; All others have no financial relationships to disclose.

Other speakers have no financial relationships to disclose.

The Society staff have no financial relationships to disclose.