That is exactly what it means. We get SNF patients in our orthopedic office all the time. If they are enrolled in the SNF under Medicare Part A, we have to split our x-ray charges and bill the professional component to Medicare, and the technical component to the SNF. This is thanks to "Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities", which is part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 passed by congress. Billing the SNF is usually quite easy; just send your charges to them on a HCFA 1500, and be sure they are at the Medicare rate, because that's all they will pay.
Bill Hale, CPC
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