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Manual For Cpt Code 97530 Units



This procedure may be medically necessary as an adjunct to other therapeutic procedures such as codes 97110 (therapeutic exercises), 97112 (neuromuscular re-education) or 97530 (therapeutic activities).




Manual For Cpt Code 97530 Units



Myofascial release/soft tissue mobilization, one or more regions, may be reasonable and necessary for treatment of restricted motion of soft tissues in involved extremities, neck, and trunk. Skilled manual techniques (active or passive) are applied to soft tissue to effect changes in the soft tissues, articular structures, neural or vascular systems. This procedure may be reasonable and necessary as an adjunct to other therapeutic procedures such as CPT 97110, 97112, or 97530.


This code is generally not covered for greater than 12-18 visits within a 4-6 week period. Documentation must support the need for continued treatment beyond this frequency and duration. When the patient and/or caregiver have been instructed in the performance of specific techniques, the performance of these techniques should not be continued in the clinic setting. No more than 1-2 services/units of this code are generally covered on each visit date. Documentation must support the number of services/units for visit date.


CPT description for code 97140 (manual therapy) includes manual therapy and techniques such as manipulation, soft tissue mobilization or joint mobilization. Individual techniques should not be separately coded or billed since it is a time-based code. All techniques applied on the same date of service should be totaled into the time calculated for the code. This procedure may be medically necessary as an adjunct to other therapeutic procedures such as those represented by code 97110 (therapeutic exercises), 97112 (neuromuscular re-education) or 97530 (therapeutic activities).


This procedure may be medically necessary as an adjunct to therapeutic exercises when loss of articular motion and flexibility impedes the therapeutic procedure. CPT description for code 97140 (manual therapy) includes manual therapy and techniques such as manipulation, soft tissue mobilization or joint mobilization. Individual techniques should not be separately coded or billed since it is a time-based code. All techniques applied on the same date of service should be totaled into the time calculated for the code.


When manual therapy is performed on the same date of service as CMT and is separate from the CMT procedure, a separate diagnosis related to the treatment must be identified by a specific ICD-10-CM diagnosis code; CPT code 97140 must be billed with modifier 59Example


Appropriate billing is for 3 units. Bill the procedures you spent the most time providing. Bill 1 unit each of 97110, 97116, and 97140. You are unable to bill for the ultrasound because the total time of timed units that can be billed is constrained by the total timed code treatment minutes (i.e., you may not bill 4 units for less than 53 minutes regardless of how many services were performed). You would still document the ultrasound in the treatment notes.


Modifier 59 may be reported if the two procedures are performed in distinctly different 15 minute time blocks. For example, one service may be performed during the initial 15 minutes of therapy and the other service performed during the second 15 minutes of therapy. Alternatively, the therapy time blocks may be split. For example, manual therapy might be performed for 10 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of therapeutic activities, followed by another 5 minutes of manual therapy. CPT code 97530 should not be reported and modifier 59 should not be used if the two procedures are performed during the same time block.


This code is generally not covered for greater than 12-18 visits within a 4-6 week period. Documentation must support the need for continued treatment beyond this frequency and duration. No greater than 1-2 services/units of this code should be used on each visit date. If this code is used in conjunction with CPT 97110 or CPT 97530 on any given visit date, only 1-2 services/units of CPT 97112 are generally covered. Documentation must support the number of services/units for each visit date.


The 47 minutes falls within the range for 3 units = 38 to 52 minutes. Appropriate billing for 47 minutes is only 3 timed units. Each of the codes is performed for morethan 15 minutes, so each shall be billed for at least 1 unit. The correct coding is 2 units of code 97112 and one unit of code 97110, assigning more timed units to the service that took the most time.


Unfortunately, CPT framework encourages payers to think of services in silos. In other words, payers expect professionals of each specialty group to bill the majority of their services within their specialty code set. They often are surprised when optometrists bill outside the 92000 series, and they erroneously try to recode the procedure into the 92000 series. We are experiencing this change of coding in regard to the 97110, 97112 and 97530 codes.


CPT codes are used for billing the services of one therapist or therapy assistant. The therapist cannot bill for his/her services and those of another therapist or a therapy assistant, when both provide the same or different services, at the same time, to the same patient(s). Where a physical and occupational therapist both provide services to one patient at the same time, only one therapist can bill for the entire service or the PT and OT can divide the service units. For example, a PT and an OT work together for 30 minutes with one patient on transfer activities. The PT and OT could each bill one unit of 97530. Alternatively, the 2 units of 97530 could be Reviewed 9/2009 billed by either the PT or the OT, but not both. Similarly, if two therapy assistants provide services to the same patient at the same time, only the service of one therapy assistant can be billed by the supervising therapist or the service units can be split between the two therapy assistants and billed by the supervising therapist(s).


* Incomplete, incorrect or insufficient member information on a PAR request form will not be accepted. Submit PARs for the number of units for each specific procedure code requested, not for the number of services. Modifier codes must be included. The same modifiers used on the PAR must be used on the claim, in the same order.


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After recovering from a broken arm, a Medicare patient develops adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder and seeks treatment from a PT. During one of their treatment sessions, the PT provides manual therapy (CPT 97140) before asking the patient to complete some therapeutic activities (CPT 97530) like reaching up and lifting light-weight objects to eye-level. After that, the PT works with the patient on improving ADLs (CPT 97535), including holding the arm in an elevated position during simulated teeth-brushing and opening and shutting overhead cabinets.


Because these services were provided by an OT who is submitting this claim under their name, affix GO to the claim. Then, consider the services administered by the COTA. The COTA individually provided 12 of the 23 minutes of wheelchair training, meaning one of the two units of 97542 will require the CO modifier. (Once again, the ability to do this will depend on CMS making these changes final in its 2022 regulations.) Finally, because the OT does not believe the manual therapy was medically necessary and because they obtained a signed ABN, affix the GA modifier to the service.


Where the 97110 CPT code typically addresses just one deficit area being targeted by treatment, the 97530 CPT code most frequently focuses on two or more areas. These expected outcomes include things like improving balance, flexibility, strength, or other functional activities. Your documentation should include the areas you targeted for improvement and a detailed description of those activities. Explain why you chose these activities to remediate the deficit areas. Make a clear connection between the activity and its role in restoring a function of daily life. Include the level of assistance you needed to provide the patient during the activity.


At first glance, the 97110 and 97530 CPT codes look very much alike. Although they have similarities, there are some significant differences in how the occupational therapy is provided and the documentation required for each. Knowing when and how to use each will decrease your number of rejected claims and can simplify potential audits from insurers.


Many procedures for rehabilitation therapists are billed in 15-minute units, using timed Common Procedure Terminology (CPT) codes that are created and copyrighted by the American Medical Association (AMA). The guidelines for aggregating timed procedure codes from the AMA and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) vary slightly.


For example, if you bill for 8 minutes of therapeutic exercise (97110) and 8 minutes for manual therapy (97140), you would bill two separate physical therapy billing units under the Rule of Eights (1 unit of 97110 on one line and 1 unit of 97140 on the second line).


As an example, a physical therapist provides 15 minutes of therapeutic exercise (97110), 8 minutes of therapeutic activities (97530), and 5 minutes of manual therapy (97140). All services are timed codes. Adding them together (15 + 8 + 5), the total time spent with the patient is 28 minutes.


For example, an occupational therapist performed 21 minutes of manual therapy (97140) and 17 minutes of gait training (97116) for a patient. After calculating the number of units, there are 2 remainder minutes of gait training and 6 remainder minutes of manual therapy left. In this case, since the total remainder is 8 minutes (combined), the therapist can bill for another unit. But which unit should the therapist choose? 041b061a72


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