MA PPO

Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction Guidelines for Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Services
MA00.050


Policy

The Company reserves the right to reimburse only those services that are furnished in the most appropriate and cost-effective setting that is appropriate to the member’s medical needs and condition.

This policy applies to outpatient facility providers billing on a CMS-1450 (UB-04) claim form, or the equivalent form 837i, for members enrolled in all Company products.

Multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) guidelines for physical, occupational, and speech therapy services designated as Always Therapy are used to determine the provider's reimbursement for eligible therapy services.

Refer to Attachment A of this policy for services that are designated as Always Therapy services.

MPPR guidelines apply when multiple physical, occupational, and speech therapy services designated as Always Therapy are reported by the same provider, for the same individual, on the same date of service.
  • The procedure code with the highest total allowance is eligible for reimbursement at 100 percent of the provider's applicable contracted rate.
  • Each subsequent procedure code is eligible for reimbursement at 50 percent of the provider's applicable contracted rate.

These MPPR guidelines only apply to services that are designated as Always Therapy and would not impact reimbursement consideration for services that are not designated as Always Therapy.

NONCOVERED AND NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SEPARATE REIMBURSEMENT

Multiple procedure payment reduction guidelines for physical, occupational, and speech therapy services are not applied to services that are non-covered or not eligible for separate reimbursement consideration.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

These Always Therapy codes require a therapy modifier to indicate that the services are furnished under a physical, occupational, or speech therapy plan of care.

The individual's medical record must reflect the medical necessity for the care provided. These medical records may include, but are not limited to, the following: records from the professional provider's office, hospital, nursing home, home health agencies, therapies, and test reports.

The Company may conduct reviews and audits of services to our members, regardless of the participation status of the provider. All documentation is to be available to the Company upon request. Failure to produce the requested information may result in a denial for the service.

Guidelines

This claim payment rationale applies only to the procedure codes in Attachment A of this policy. Claims reported with services designated as Always Therapy are processed in accordance with this policy. When another policy on physical, occupational, or speech therapies exists, the criteria and coverage information listed in the medical policy must also be met.

Multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) guidelines for services that are designated as Always Therapy are based on the date of service regardless of the claim submission date or date received.

Description

In accordance with The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Company has established claims processing guidelines for multiple physical, occupational, and speech therapy services that are designated as Always Therapy.

CMS designates certain procedure codes as Always Therapy. Such procedure codes are assigned a therapy disposition code of "5" by CMS. These codes always represent therapy services when rendered by therapists or by practitioners who are not therapists in situations where the service provided is integral to an outpatient rehabilitation therapy plan of care. For these situations, these codes must always have a therapy modifier.

Coding

CPT Procedure Code Number(s)
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ICD - 10 Procedure Code Number(s)
N/A

ICD - 10 Diagnosis Code Number(s)
N/A

HCPCS Level II Code Number(s)
N/A

Revenue Code Number(s)
N/A

Modifiers

CO Outpatient occupational therapy services furnished in whole or in part by an occupational therapy assistant

CQ Outpatient physical therapy services furnished in whole or in part by a physical therapist assistant

GN Service delivered personally by a speech-language pathologist or under an outpatient speech-language pathology plan of care

GO Service delivered personally by an occupational therapist or under an outpatient occupational therapy plan of care

GP Service delivered personally by a physical therapist or under an outpatient physical therapy plan of care

Coding and Billing Requirements



Policy History

9/1/2019
8/30/2019
MA00.050
Claim Payment Policy Bulletin
Medicare Advantage
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Yes