Following several CMS announcements that providers were overusing modifiers 25 and 59 as a means to bypass edit pairs (without supplying proper documentation to support those bypasses), multiple commercial payers—including Anthem, Aetna, and Humana—adopted front-end claim edit policies for claims containing these modifiers.
It feels like the term “breaking news” has lost some of its gravity these days thanks in large part to the era of the 24-hour news cycle. However, today we’re bringing you information that’s hot off the press—and absolutely crucial to every single outpatient physical therapist and occupational therapist who bills for therapeutic activities, group therapy, and manual therapy.
Earlier this week, Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC—WebPT’s Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer—and John Wallace, WebPT’s Chief Business Development Officer of Revenue Cycle Management, paired up to answer rehab therapists’ most burning billing questions during a live Q&A-style webinar.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a change to the way the agency will process modifier 59 and the X modifiers on provider claims.
Rehab therapy billing: It’s a total numbers game. Between CPT codes and billing modifiers, knowing which digits belong on a claim is no simple task. After all, rules seem to change with the seasons, and they often vary from payer to payer. Here on the WebPT Blog, we receive a lot of comments and queries in response to these ever-changing rules, and one of the hottest points of confusion these days is the difference between modifier 59 and modifier 25. When applied to CPT codes, both modifiers indica
In many cases, physical therapy and occupational therapy go together like peanut butter and jelly. PTs and OTs often share similar goals and interventions, treat the same types of patients in the same settings, and get confused by the billing rules that apply to our respective specialties.
When it comes to Medicare, a lot can change in four years—whether it be the rise and fall of functional limitation reporting or answers to questions like, “Do outpatient rehab therapists have to report MIPS?” (You can get that answer here, by the way.) So, when CMS introduced the X modifiers back in 2015 and told PTs, OTs, and SLPs they wouldn’t have to use them, anyone familiar with Medicare rules knew that advice was subject to change.
We received more than 600 questions during our Medicare open forum webinar. Here are the most common ones, along with answers.
Last week, WebPT’s trio of billing experts—Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, WebPT President and Co-founder; John Wallace, PT, MS, WebPT Chief Business Development Officer of Revenue Cycle Management; and Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, WebPT Director of Clinical Practice, Outcomes, and Education—hosted a live open forum on physical therapy billing.
Modifiers help ensure you receive the appropriate amount of reimbursement for your physical therapy services—if you follow these rules.
During our denial management webinar, we discussed the difference between rejections and denials, explained how to handle both, and provided a five-step plan for stopping them in their tracks. The webinar concluded with an exhaustive Q&A, and we’ve amassed the most common questions here.