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  1. Question Substance abuse IOP-PLEASE HELP!
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    I work at an IP/OP psych facility, and we do Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse programs. We have been billing this for Medicare on a UB with rev code 906 and HCPCS
    H0015, but they are all being rejected for incorrect HCPCS code. Is there a different HCPCS we should be using? I tried using rev code 905, I tried using HCPCS S9480, and none of them will go through. The H0015 is also being rejected by another insurance company that is telling me that H0015 is considered a "temporary code" and I need to use the "permanent code". I have never even heard of a temporary code. I am new to coding and this is my first job, but I am only the biller, and our facility doesn't really have a coder. My boss is frustrated because we have not been able to figure this out and no one has been able to help us. I am hoping someone here can help us to figure this out!!

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    So far we have just found that substance abuse is not covered. Good luck! If you do find a way that you can get payment for this please post so we can also start getting paid for our substance abuse services.

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    I am under the same belief that Medicare does not pay for AODA services other than the SBIRT - see: https://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/down..._ICN904084.pdf - on an OP basis. Also, according to the 2011 HCPCS Level II code book, the H codes are for Medicaid agencies, not Medicare, so they would not work if billing Medicare. If you are billing Medicare for Substance Abuse, check the article referenced above and if your services fall under the guidelines, you could try the G0396 or G0397 to Medicare.

    My question: we just received a request from Anthem for a HCPCs code on an AODA IP stay (room and board) which I have been unable to find and was not aware of the need prior to this claim. I am researching the use of H0047 (AODA services, NOS) for my insurance claim. If anyone has other suggestions, please fire away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01129060 View Post
    So far we have just found that substance abuse is not covered. Good luck! If you do find a way that you can get payment for this please post so we can also start getting paid for our substance abuse services.
    I am new to this, so my question is if you are not getting paid for these services are you writing them off? Or billing the patient? Like I said, Im unsure how to proceed also. But the article posted in the other response is really good, and I printed it and gave it to my supervisor to look into.

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    I too just started with a substance rehabilitation facility and I am seeing the same issue.
    I'm on the search for clarity with Medicare - have any of you received any updates on this issue?

    thanks




    Quote Originally Posted by abalkevitch View Post
    I work at an IP/OP psych facility, and we do Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse programs. We have been billing this for Medicare on a UB with rev code 906 and HCPCS
    H0015, but they are all being rejected for incorrect HCPCS code. Is there a different HCPCS we should be using? I tried using rev code 905, I tried using HCPCS S9480, and none of them will go through. The H0015 is also being rejected by another insurance company that is telling me that H0015 is considered a "temporary code" and I need to use the "permanent code". I have never even heard of a temporary code. I am new to coding and this is my first job, but I am only the biller, and our facility doesn't really have a coder. My boss is frustrated because we have not been able to figure this out and no one has been able to help us. I am hoping someone here can help us to figure this out!!
    Cheryl Odquist,CPC
    Codeology
    San Diego

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    I'm willing to work together on this by the way! Keep in touch


    Quote Originally Posted by abalkevitch View Post
    I work at an IP/OP psych facility, and we do Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse programs. We have been billing this for Medicare on a UB with rev code 906 and HCPCS
    H0015, but they are all being rejected for incorrect HCPCS code. Is there a different HCPCS we should be using? I tried using rev code 905, I tried using HCPCS S9480, and none of them will go through. The H0015 is also being rejected by another insurance company that is telling me that H0015 is considered a "temporary code" and I need to use the "permanent code". I have never even heard of a temporary code. I am new to coding and this is my first job, but I am only the biller, and our facility doesn't really have a coder. My boss is frustrated because we have not been able to figure this out and no one has been able to help us. I am hoping someone here can help us to figure this out!!
    Cheryl Odquist,CPC
    Codeology
    San Diego

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    It's not a covered benefit. Intervention is recognized and the documentation requirements are on the Medicare webste. Provide a documentation template for your facility and contact your Medicare Provider rep who contracted with the facility and discuss two G codes.
    Cheryl Odquist,CPC
    Codeology
    San Diego

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    At our clinic we call the pt ins. before we see them to find out if they have mental heath benefits. When we do this we also find out if the pt has substance abuse benefits. Doing this cuts down on the suprise that ins won't pay. I don't think that Medicare covers substance abuse but Medicaid does. If you want to give care to these pts, they would have to be self pay.

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    I'm also new to psych billing/coding. A question I do have is if HCPCS H0015 includes the drug screening tests while undergoing the IOP services? Can we or a lab bill the patients insurance separately for the screening while in therapy??

    Thanks, Kristie

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    Medicare does not cover IOP....Make sure you have the patient sign an ABN prior to them being seen. They will be self pay.

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