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    Question Billing for testing when can't be completed

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    Our practice has 3 clinical psychologists and occassionally we run into a situation in which they start to do testing on a patient (96118) but then are unable to complete the testing because the patient is unable to answer questions, etc. Can we bill for any authorized units/amount since our psychologists attempted the testing or can we only bill for the actual time spent? If anyone has an answer to this it would be helpful. Thank you.

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    Apr 2007
    Temple, TX

    Default 96118

    We have this situation alot with patients with TBI...that they may be unable to complete the testing.
    We've coded these depending on how many hours were completed per appointment.

    Try the trailblazer LCD for advice:

    I read somewhere that Medicare only covers for 8 units of 96118 per year...but don't remember where I saw this.

    Found some Q&As from medicare that may help : )


    See F 6 for your answer:

    Last edited by MJ4ever; 04-21-2011 at 07:13 PM.
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