Corporate Compliance

CMS releases the details for the outpatient therapy claims-based data collection requirement

Medicare Insider, December 4, 2012

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Editor’s note: Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CHCO, regulatory specialist for HCPro, Inc., is the author of this week’s note from the instructor.

Last week CMS released transmittal 2603 that explained how the new 42 non-payable functional G-codes and seven modifiers on selected claims for physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) and speech-language pathology (SLP) services will be implemented. Although the new codes and modifiers are required beginning with dates of service January 1, 2013, CMS has enacted a testing period in which hospitals and practitioners have until July 1, 2013 date of service to implement and prevent claims rejections.

This new required reporting was originally announced in the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule; however the details were not known at that time. The purpose of the new reporting is to assist CMS reform the Medicare payment system for outpatient therapy services based on the patient’s condition and outcomes. This new requirement will affect hospitals, CAHs, CORFs, SNFs, home health agencies when the patient is not under a plan of care, as well as therapy services furnished personally by an incident to the service of a physician and non-physician practitioners (i.e. nurse practitioners, certified nurse specialists and physician assistants) and therapists in private practice.

Continue reading Debbie's note at the Medicare Mentor Blog.

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