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    Physical Therapist would like to bring in another physical therapist to cover his patients during a vacation. Both are therapists not PTA's. Is there anyway to bill for the substitute PT? Do the rules pertaining to locum tenens apply only to physicians? Is there any other rule that would apply to this scenario?

    Julie, CPC

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    Apr 2007
    North Carolina


    "These guidelines do not apply to providers other than physicians (i.e., Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), Physical Therapists (PTs), etc.)."


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    Apr 2007
    Phoenix, AZ


    I billed PT for quite a long time. Medicare will definitely not accept PT or OT locum tenens. However, you can check with the major carriers in your location. Some might have exceptions. Check with your provider reps. But don't be surprised if they say no. Its been a while and there were fewer and fewer carriers making this exception then. However, it doesn't hurt to ask.
    Cyndi Allen, CPC, CIRCC
    2015 Local Chapter President, Casa Grande, AZ

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    Thanks for the advice. I appreciate your help.

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