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office visit - January 20, 2010 10:22:23 PM   


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As physical therapist can we bill a patient for an office visit when they no-show or can we bill a patient for an office visit plus other modality/TE codes????????
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RE: office visit - January 21, 2010 9:03:31 AM   


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At the top of my head... you can have a policy for a set dollar amount for missed office visits, if I remember correctly.  Obviously, the insurance company is not billed, the patient pays out of pocket.  I also believe 1 or 2 years ago, if I remember correctly, Medicare has some ruling that you now can bill a patient for missed appointments.

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RE: office visit - January 21, 2010 10:56:20 AM   


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You could charge for a missed appointment but I would think about legality issues when labeling what exactly you are billing a person for. 
I would also think of legality issues on what you can bill for when a patient no-shows, ie treatment codes/multiple codes. 
I don't think you can bill for an office visit +modality/TE codes, but to different degrees an average clinic equivalent cost for the missed time.
You charge for a missed appt but that is such a slipperly slope.  My clinic has a 20$ no-show fee, with patient awareness of it and with it rarely applied until after a warning or specific signs indicated awareness of no-showing.

A procedure to really analyze from all sides and immediate and long term possibilities along with other nearby practices before implementing a protocol.

Your state PT org may be able to help identify some resources or provide info.

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