The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement section 16006 of the 21st Century Cures Act that allows outpatient physical therapy services furnished by physical therapists to be billed under reciprocal billing and fee-for-time compensation arrangements in the same manner as physicians in certain areas of the United States. The term “locum tenens,” which has historically been used in the manual to mean fee-for-time compensation arrangements, is being discontinued because the title of section 16006 of the 21st Century Cures Act uses “locum tenens arrangements” to refer to both fee-for-time compensation arrangements and reciprocal billing arrangements. This will allow physical therapists in certain parts of the country to submit claims under their NPI number to the Medicare program for covered visit services which the regular physical therapist arranges to be provided by a substitute physical therapist on an occasional reciprocal basis.
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