A lot of commercial payers pay it, but it varies by plan (and don't get me started on Aetna, if you bill an injection with it... (re: http://www.aapc.com/memberarea/forums/showthread.php?t=62890&highlight=aetna)We are a Family Practice office that has Saturday hours. I have found the code 99051 and am interested in using it. Does anyone else have experience with this code or know of a reason why I couldn't add it to the services we perform on Saturdays?
99051 is for REGULARLY SCHEDULED evening, weekend and holiday hours. So if you are extending your hours of business to be open at those times, THIS is the appropriate code to use.It's for use any time after regular business hours (after 5pm on weekdays, and on weekends)...it doesn't pay much, and it's hit or miss - UHC doesn't cover it, Aetna says they do, Cigna and BCBS depend on the group.
Medicare doesn't cover it, and usually, neither does Medicaid (*But, contact Medicaid about it - we have a contract provision with one of our Medicaid providers, that allows us to use 99050, in lieu of 99051).
Hope that helps!