Therapists and assistants often spend time with patients, a parent of a patient, or a patient’s caregiver such as a spouse, son, daughter or a hired caregiver teaching them exercises to do at home as part of a home exercise program. In addition, therapists and assistants spend time training a patient’s caregiver (i.e. parent, spouse, son, daughter) how to assist the patient with various activities outside of the clinic setting such as gait on level services, ascending/descending steps with an assistive device, dressing, bathing, bed mobility, transfers, feeding and using a speech generating communication device.
Two questions I receive concerning the above is this time I spend doing all of this billable time and if so, what CPT code do I use to bill for this time? Is there a CPT code I should be using that is specific to patient and/or family education?
To answer the first question, yes, this time is billable time as long as it
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