Your PTA is not treating the s/p hip replacement. He/she is working on the ROM, strengthening and pain or swelling. Use the dx on the evaluation report or ask the MD to give you a dx you can bill.
PTAs can bill all the codes that a PT is allowed as long as they are supervised properly and have license/certificate as required by your state. So yes, the PTA may bill therapeutic massage. However, if you have massage therapists in your office, they should be billing 97124 exclusively. PT/PTAs should be billing Manual therapy. Check and make sure the PTA did therapeutic massage and not myofascial release. Myofascial release is billed with 97140. This is a timed code as is the massage code. Make sure the begin and end times are documented. If not, you cannot bill them. Greater than 8 mins per modality must be documented or you cannot bill them.
You cannot bill for heat or ice packs. They are a non-billable code. Check your fee schedules.
As to the whirlpool, as with the massage or manual therapy, this is a timed code. Begin and end times must be documented.
For the 8 minute rule, check this APTA CPT guideline. It gives the CMS transmittal: http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?...ONTENTID=28079
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