I am a nurse practitioner who has joined a pain management practice.
We plan to practice "incident-to" billing when the physician is here on site.
However, there will be times when he is not in the office. If I apply for a Medicare number,
can I use my own number when he is gone and bill at 85%?
We were told by our billing company that if I get a Medicare number, we won't be able
to bill "incident-to" when the physician is here. Any insight you
can give into this question would be appreciated.
We recommend that licensed mid-level providers bill incident-to when the
guidelines are met
since reimbursement under these conditions is 100% of the allowable.
For Medicare purposes the
following criteria must be met:
Your billing company is partially correct, but it should not prohibit you from billing incident-to for services
provided to established patients as long as the physician is present in the office suite and you are practicing
within the scope of your license.
- You have an employment relationship (this includes leased and contracted staff) with the physician;
- You are not billing incident-to for new patients;
- You are not billing incident-to for established patients presenting with a new problem; and
- The services you are providing are provided in the office and are integral to the physician's services.
When the physician is not in the office or when you have a new patient or an established patient with a new
problem, you should bill under your own Medicare number. Reimbursement will be 85% of the allowable. The
billing company should bill the practice's regular charge without discounting it. Medicare will make the
Your billing company should review the Medicare's recent transmittal regarding split billing. It can be found
Thank you for your question.
Mary Beth Black, CPC (bio...)
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