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Interpreter - has anyone billed or coded

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has anyone billed or coded for interpreter services?? We get billed for it but not sure how to bill insurance for this service. HELP

Vicki CPC
 

Kris Cuddy

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Hi Vicky,

Although we cannot bill an insurance carrier, or patient, for interpreter services; we can consider the option of using prolonged service codes for the additional time it takes the doctor with the patient due to using an interpretor. If the service took longer than normal due to interpretation needs, hopefully a time element is documented so you may look to those codes.

Hope this helps!

Kris
 

btadlock1

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Hi Vicky,

Although we cannot bill an insurance carrier, or patient, for interpreter services; we can consider the option of using prolonged service codes for the additional time it takes the doctor with the patient due to using an interpretor. If the service took longer than normal due to interpretation needs, hopefully a time element is documented so you may look to those codes.

Hope this helps!

Kris
Very crafty! Now that's thinking outside the box! I like it! :D
 

Kris Cuddy

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Thanks, Brandi!

Also, to Vicki: I should have added this note; if there is not enough exceeded time to meet prolonged service guidelines, payment for interpreter services falls under office overhead. So, if prolonged services can't be billed, make sure the person who handles the financials for the office/company is aware of the payments and has copies of the receipts. They will be needed for tax purposes.

Kris
 
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Thank you

Thank you so much for your help. That is the answer I needed but did not want.

Thanks again
Vicki, CPC:)
 
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