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Locum Tenens questions

  1. #1
    Greeley, Colorado
    Question Locum Tenens questions
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    I think this question got lost in the other post about locum tenens: Does the Locum Tenens guideline also apply to commercial insurance? If so, would you still need to use the Q6 modifier? The other question I have - as far as Medicare (or commercial I guess) don't you have to use the NPI of the "absent" doctor for all locum tenen charges?
    Does anyone know? TIA
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

  2. #2
    Sioux Falls South Dakota
    Hi Lisa!

    The Blues follow Medicare guidelines for locum tenans, as do most of the major payers, including using the Q6 modifier and billing under the "absent" physician's name and NPI. I would check with each carrier, though, as some require that you do put the locum's NPI somewhere on the claim (can't remember which field - 24K??)

    Hope this helps!
    Lucinda (Cindy) McGarry, CPC-P
    Applications Specialist
    Avera Health Plans
    Education Office Sioux Falls SD Local Chapter
    Past President Sioux Falls SD Local Chapter

  3. #3
    Greeley, Colorado
    Thanks Cindy. That is what I thought but as usual, I have to find it in writing...guess I'll ask the insurance reps here to call their provider reps.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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