If you were to ask your clinical staff if they have their patients do functional activities for 15-30 minutes during a therapy visit, my experience as a consultant tells me 100% of them would say yes. Yet, if I were to review the percentage of 97530 units billed in a calendar month, my experience tells me that percentage is under 10% and many times, under 5%.
Why is that? In my opinion, therapists and assistants do not fully understand what interventions are included within the therapeutic activities CPT code and how to document to support billing therapeutic activities and they then just tend to lump all of the billable minutes under therapeutic exercise.
In this article, I will provide answers to the following questions:
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