Medicare Enrollment

In order to legally treat Medicare eligible patients, a doctor must apply and be accepted as a provider in the program. Doctors that are not enrolled cannot legally treat any Medicare eligible patients … not even one! Enrolling in the Medicare program involves completing and submitting various CMS-855 forms. The forms can be submitted by […]

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Changing Your Medicare Participation Status

In order to legally treat a Medicare eligible patient you must apply and be accepted as a provider in the program. (Medicare Application blog post) When you apply to be a Medicare Provider you must decide whether or not you will be a participating (PAR) or a non-participating (Non-PAR) provider. To change your participation status […]

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Medicare Fee Schedule

How much you are allowed to charge the Medicare patient for an adjustment and when you are allowed to collect it gets complicated. Plus, the fee schedule is updated every year and sometimes multiple times per year. How much Medicare will actually pay for an adjustment is dependent upon several factors: State and region in […]

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Billing Spinal X-Rays

Full spine x-rays are not considered to be of diagnostic quality. This is expecially true of 14×36 film. So if a chiropractor decides to x-ray the patient’s entire spine, he should take sectional views and bill the exam using three codes as follows: 72040 Radiologic examination, spine, cervical; 2 or 3 views 72070 Radiologic examination, […]

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Railroad Medicare

Individuals who have worked 10 or more years of railroad service receive their Medicare benefits through the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) instead of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Railroad Medicare card has the Railroad Retirement Board logo in the upper left hand corner instead of the HHS logo and “RAILROAD RETIREMENT […]

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GP Modifier for Therapies

Insurance policies are written in segments or riders. Chiropractic services are covered under the chiropractic or physician portion of the policy but therapies are generally covered under a therapy portion. The therapy portion of the policy covers all therapy no matter who provides the service. This means that when a patient comes to you they […]

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Billing X-rays To Medicare

If diagnostic services are shown on the claim form, the ordering physician’s name should appear in block 17 and his NPI number in block 17b. Block 17 should be qualified with DK which indicates that the chiropractor is the Ordering Provider. The only diagnostic services that a chiropractor will probably do is x-rays (and blood […]

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Tax ID, NPI, UPIN, PTAN, Provider and Taxonomy Numbers

Zero State Before you begin treating patients, you should setup the structure of your practice. First off, you should decide if you want to incorporate. A corporation provides a layer of protection for your assets. The laws governing incorporation vary state to state and there are multiple types of corporations so this decision should be […]

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Modifiers 25 & 59

Modifiers are used to indicate that a service or procedure that has been performed has been altered by some specific circumstance but has not changed in its definition or code. Under normal circumstances, an Evaluation and Management service (E/M – exam) is filed without a modifier (99203 in this example).         However, […]

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