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    Wondering if anyone knows how to bill Medicaid (Idaho) for an interpreter.
    This is for a physical therapy clinic and is it required to have an interpreter on
    site for medicaid patients. Any help would be appreciated...

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    Apr 2007
    Dover Seacoast New Hampshire


    This is from an AMA article. Here's the link. Hope this is what you are looking for.

    "The health care professional or facility responsible for the care must pay for the cost of an interpreter. Health care professionals or facilities cannot impose a surcharge on an individual with a disability directly or indirectly to offset the cost of the interpreter. The cost of the interpreter should be treated as part of overhead expenses for accounting and tax purposes. Tax relief is available for expenditures made toward interpreters. The Internal Revenue Service may allow a credit of up to 50% of cumulative eligible access expenditures made within the taxable year that exceed $250 but do not exceed $10,250. This tax credit may be applied to reasonable and necessary business expenditures made in compliance with ADA standards in order to provide qualified interpreters or other accessible tools for individuals with hearing impairments."
    Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, PCS, COC
    Coding Manager
    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
    Dover, NH 03820

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