I disagee, Incident to is a Medicare policy section 2050 from the Medicare manual. However it is recognized that Medicare is the gold standard for all other carriers to look to. The AMA websit put out a ton of information on this about 2 years ago. They stated that when the commercial carriers do not credential your NPPs then you should request in writing a policy from that carrier that states that they set aside the Medicare policy of incident to and require that you submit the NPPs a physician claims. The problem being that many times the person you speak with on the phone does not understand the concept of incident to. They only know that they do not credential the NPPs. I have done extensive research in this area and when I question the adminitrative authorities of the major commercial carriers they all told me that their written policy on incident to is to follow the Medicare policy. When I tried more that once to get a statement in writing from those that would profess to just bill under the physician, they could not do so as that would violate the written company policy. So I would be very careful here. I am not saying you cannot for commercials bill under the physcian when the parameters of incident to are not met, I am saying to not totally believe what the person on the phone is saying and take the AMAs advice and get it in writing.
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