To bill for modifier 59 or not to bill for this very tricky modifier—that is the (burning) question. If you find yourself asking this question time and again—while also thinking back to high school English class—you’re not alone. Few modifiers cause as much consternation for PTs or wreak as much havoc on their payments as modifier 59. But knowing when to accurately apply one of the most misused modifiers is your ticket to getting paid by Medicare—and avoiding an audit. Not sure of the rules governing the proper use of this much talked-about modifier? In need of a modifier 59 tutorial? You’re in luck.

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    When Should I Use Modifier 59?

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    downloadDec 22, 2016

    Most Commonly Used CCI Edits for PT, OT, and SLP Private Practice Settings

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    webinarSep 8, 2016

    9 Most Common Medicare Misconceptions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    To say that Medicare regulations are confusing is an understatement. But, it’s not just the barely-readable government gobbledygook that throws providers for a loop; it’s also the fact that the rules are always changing. If you treat Medicare patients, we’re willing to bet you’ve been tripped up by at least one of these common misconceptions—maybe without even knowing it. And that could leave a nasty bruise on your practice’s bottom line—especially if you ever find yourself at …

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    articleJun 3, 2014 | 4 min. read

    Founder Letter: 97002 and 97004 (Re-Evaluation) Myths Debunked

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  • The Definitive Medicare Part B FAQ for Outpatient PT, OT, and SLP Image

    articleOct 27, 2016 | 33 min. read

    The Definitive Medicare Part B FAQ for Outpatient PT, OT, and SLP

    In October, we hosted a webinar dedicated to the most common Medicare misconceptions . We received a lot of questions from the audience—so many, in fact, that we’ve organized them all into one huge FAQ. Scroll through and check them out, or use the link bank below to skip to a particular section. The Therapy Cap ABNs Modifiers Supervision Prescriptions and Certifications Cash-Pay Rules and Regulations Re-Evaluations Everything Else   The Therapy Cap If a patient reaches …

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    webinarApr 1, 2016

    PT Billing Secrets: 5 Things Payers Don’t Want You to Know

    You’ve probably heard the saying, “Don’t hate the player; hate the game.” It’s a go-to hip-hop lyric, but its relevance isn’t limited to rap artists. The same holds true when it comes to insurance companies. Sure, payment rates for physical therapy services are on the decline, but the payer isn’t necessarily the problem. After all, in health care—as in any business—cutting costs is the name of the game. And in an effort to bolster their bottom lines, …

  • The 7 Deadly Sins of PT Billing Image

    webinarMar 30, 2015

    The 7 Deadly Sins of PT Billing

    Billing for physical therapy services is tricky, time-consuming, and riddled with ever-evolving rules—which means mistakes are bound to happen. But how many mistakes are you truly making? The occasional oops is one thing, but what if you’re unknowingly flubbing up left and right? That’s a scary thought. Even scarier: you could be flubbing on purpose, because “everyone’s doing it.” Whether accidental or intentional, actions have consequences, and when it comes to billing for the services you provide, …

  • 5 Things Physical Therapists Need to Know About Modifier 59 Image

    articleMay 5, 2016 | 12 min. read

    5 Things Physical Therapists Need to Know About Modifier 59

    One of the primary reasons medical providers depend on certified coders is that coders know how to maximize practice revenues. That’s because certified coders understand how and when to use modifiers—and there are a lot—to indicate anything from laterality (e.g., right [RT] and left [LT]), to separate and distinct procedures. With the latter, I’m of course referring to the very tricky—and very challenging—modifier 59. Physical therapists aren’t certified coders, and yet, when it comes to modifier 59, …

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    articleMay 24, 2016 | 25 min. read

    The Complete PT Billing FAQ

    Over the years, WebPT has a hosted a slew of billing webinars and published dozens of billing-related blog posts. And in that time, we’ve received our fair share of tricky questions. Now, in an effort to satisfy your curiosity, we’ve compiled all of our most common brain-busters into one epic FAQ. Don’t see your question? Ask it in the comments below. Questions related to: • WebPT • Modifier 59 • Other Modifiers • Coding • ICD-10 • …

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