I received an interesting question from a follower of mine and I thought it would be worthwhile to share the question and answer with all of you. The question was: “We have had quite a number of Medicare patients switch from inpatient status to observation status after discharge. Given that the therapy student saw the patient individually and the clinical instructor was busy with another patient and not present with the student and the Medicare patient, what should we do about the charges for the patient now that they are being billed under the patient’s Medicare Part B benefits”?
My answer to this question will also apply to any Part B patient that was seen by a therapy student without the therapist or assistant present. I will also provide scenarios when therapists can bill and be paid for therapy services when a student is involved in the treatment of a Medicare Part B patient.
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