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Coding => Coding => Topic started by: rdmoore2003 on August 18, 2010, 09:35:36 AM

Title: CODING FOR MEDICARE
Post by: rdmoore2003 on August 18, 2010, 09:35:36 AM
Does anyone know how and if Medicare will pay for family therapy for longer than 1 hour?
Title: Re: CODING FOR MEDICARE
Post by: Michele on August 18, 2010, 01:36:54 PM
If you are referring to code 90846 or 90847, the description of the code does not contain a time.  They do pay for 90808 which is individual therapy for over one hour. 
Title: Re: CODING FOR MEDICARE
Post by: rdmoore2003 on August 18, 2010, 03:26:20 PM
OK,   I know that BCBS will cover 90847 with 2 units.      Medicare however will not pay this code with 2 units.   Is there anyway possible to get paid by medicare for this code and units?  Is there maybe a modifier that I don't know about?
Title: Re: CODING FOR MEDICARE
Post by: PMRNC on August 18, 2010, 05:01:14 PM
Since the CPT code is not time restrictive you could charge your regular fee, but no Medicare is not going to cover more than their allowable for one session on same day. If you have a Medicare patient in group setting it's best to schedule the hour sessions on 2 separate dates.