Medicare and Massage therapy by a chiropractor

c7hill

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Does medicare cover massage therapy when performed in a Chiropractor's office? If not, should I code it with a modifier -GA or -GZ (with an ABN on file) so that medicare will allow it to be billable to the patient? The patient has a secondary policy which will cover the massage therapy if coded by medicare to allow the patient to be billed for the service. The medicare website indicates 97124 is a billable service, but I'm not certain if it's covered when provided in a chiropractor's office. Thanks in advance for your input!
 

member7

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To my knowledge, Medicare does not cover massage when billed under a chiropractor's Medicare number. You would need to bill the appropriate code for massage and append a GA modifier (indicating that the patient understands that they are responsible for payment of the service) and submit the claim for denial.
 
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