Services billed by physician specialties represented 70% of the dollars incorrectly paid for physical therapy services in the November 2011 Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) Report.
Additionally, past medical review experience has identified high claim error rates when therapy services are billed by physicians.
The most common reasons for an error to be assigned are the following:
- insufficient documentation
- failure to meet Medicare’s documentation requirements specific to physical therapy services
- failure to meet medical necessity guidelines.
This prepayment edit will require submission of medical records to support physical therapy services billed by physicians.
More information can be found at the First Coast Service Options web site.
We discussed Medicare Audits here and the high CERT error rate for Chiropractors here.