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    Default Is there a code for an interpretor?

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    We have a patient in need of an interpretor and we have a service that can provide us with an interpretor, my question is....is there a code for this and does insurance cover it? Thanks!

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    Milwaukee WI

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    This is a requirement by federal standards and no, you cannot bill the patient or the patient's insurance for this. It is a cost of doing business.

    However ... if the encounter takes a significantly longer period of time, and that time is documented, you may be able to use the prolonged service codes in addition to your basic E/M.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Default we use a modifier

    I worked for an orthopedic surgeon and we used Modifer 93.

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    Thanks for the info!

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    Milwaukee WI

    Default Modifier 93 ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Leily911 View Post
    I worked for an orthopedic surgeon and we used Modifer 93.
    There is no Modifier 93 in the CPT book.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    That's right...I believe it has been deleted.. however, you can use it and it is payable for WC in my state. Usually many WC patients require interpretors and we get paid on it all the time.

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