tci E/M Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 11

Reader Question: Determine Correct Modifier for LT Services

Question: One of our physicians, Dr. Adams, is going on a cruise this summer. Dr. Adams has decided to bring in a locum tenens (LT) physician, Dr. Carr, to cover for him in his absence. We've heard there is an important modifier we must append to the LT's services. Can you tell us more about this modifier? Hawaii Subscriber Answer: The modifier you are thinking of is Q6 (Service furnished under a fee-for-time compensation arrangement by a substitute physician; or by a substitute physical therapist furnishing outpatient physical therapy services in a health professional shortage area, a medically underserved...

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