tci E/M Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 5

Reader Question: Assign a Physician, Not PA, for Initial NF Visits

Question: I am receiving denial C0-170 (Payment is denied when preformed/billed by this type of provider) from Medicare when I bill for an initial nursing facility visit our physician assistant (PA) did. I am using place of service code 31 (Skilled Nursing Facility) and provider type 38 (Physician assistant). Why am I getting this denial? Wyoming Subscriber Answer: Per Medicare rules, you cannot bill an initial visit in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) or nursing facility (NF) using 99304-99306 (Initial nursing facility care, per day, for the evaluation and management of a patient ...) under a physician assistant, (PA)...

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