Understanding CPT Code 97750

March 26, 2021
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Rick Gawenda
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CPT code 97750 is a code that many providers of therapy services do not understand when to use this code, when not to use this code, who can use this code, what interventions are included under this code and what time is included towards the billing of this code. I often receive questions regarding CPT code 97750 such as:

  1. When can I bill CPT code 97750?
  2. Can we use CPT code 97750 in place of a reevaluation if an insurance carrier does not pay for a reevaluation?
  3. Can we use CPT code 97750 for the time it takes us to take range of motion measurements on a patient?
  4. Can we use CPT code 97750 for the time it takes us to perform manual muscle testing on a patient?
  5. Can we bill this CPT code for the time a patient completes a questionnaire and we review it with the patient?
  6. How often can we bill CPT code 97750?
  7. How many units of CPT code 97750 will insurance carriers pay when billed on the same date of service?
  8. Can we bill CPT code 97750 for writing a Progress Report?
  9. What must be documented to support the use and billing of CPT code 97750?
  10. What time counts towards “the each 15 minutes” when determining how many units to bill?
  11. Does the time it takes to document the tests results and develop the plan of care count towards the billable time?
  12. Would computerized muscle testing be an example when to bill CPT code 97750?
  13. Does the Medicare program pay for CPT code 97750 on the same day that the same discipline bills an evaluation or reevaluation CPT code?
  14. Can a physical therapist assistant or occupational therapy assistant perform a physical performance test or measurement with a patient and bill CPT code 97750?

The description of CPT code 97750 per CPT 2021 Professional Edition is “Physical performance test or measurement (eg, musculoskeletal, functional capacity), with written report, each 15 minutes”. 

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When can I bill CPT code 97750?

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Can we use CPT code 97750 in place of a reevaluation if an insurance carrier does not pay for a reevaluation?

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Can we use CPT code 97750 for the time it takes us to take range of motion measurements on a patient?

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Can we use CPT code 97750 for the time it takes us to perform manual muscle testing on a patient?

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Can we bill this CPT code for the time a patient completes a questionnaire and we review it with the patient?

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How often can we bill CPT code 97750?

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How many units of 97750 will insurance carriers pay when billed on the same date of service?

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Can we bill CPT code 97750 for writing a Progress Report?

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What must be documented to support the use and billing of CPT code 97750?

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What time counts towards “the each 15 minutes” when determining how many units to bill?

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Does the time it takes to document the tests results and develop the plan of care count towards the billable time?

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Would computerized muscle testing be an example when to bill CPT code 97750?

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Does the Medicare program pay for 97750 on the same day that the same discipline bills an evaluation or reevaluationCPT code?

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Can a physical therapist assistant (PTA) or occupational therapy assistant (OTA) perform a physical performance test or measurement with a patient and bill CPT code 97750?

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References:

  1. Current Procedural Terminology 2021, Professional Edition, American Medical Association, copyright 2020
  2. American Medical Association, CPT Assistant May 2008
  3. 2021 National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Policy Manual for Medicare, copyright 2020
  4. American Medical Association, CPT Assistant February 2004
  5. American Medical Association, CPT Assistant December 2003

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  1. We have a motion analysis center and often have requests from physician for a one time patient foot pressures assessment. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedobarography). For example, if we get a referral to see a patient with clubfoot, and we perform foot pressure, abbreviated rom/MMT of the ankle and a description of their gait (observation gait analysis) that include the foot pressure can I use CPT code 97750. Typically there is not plan of PT care, this is a one time visit, with a focused assessment of the foot.

  2. We have physicians requesting that we perform a 6 min walk test for their patients. They are not referring them for a full PT assesement/evaluation, so there would not be a PT plan of care. Can our clinicians perform this test, and bill 97750 as a stand alone procedure, without a full evaluation being completed and would it be appropriate to bill this code?

    1. You would need to look at your respective state practice act as well as the insurance carriers therapy policies, if applicable, to obtain your answer.