tci Part B Insider - 2015 Issue 7

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When CMS first started allowing coverage for the initial preventive physical exam (IPPE), many practitioners trumpeted the fact that Medicare would finally allow coverage for a routine physical—but that has not been the case. Although CMS does allow payment for the IPPE, it’s a different service from a physical, and Medicare still considers routine physical exams (99381-99397) to be non-covered services. Part B MAC NGS Medicare issued an article to differentiate between the two on Feb. 13, reminding practices about the non-reimbursable status of physicals, as well as the obvious similarities between the two. “CMS does...

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