Medicare Reimbursement Chart for Physician Assistants
Medical and surgical services delivered by PAs are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE and nearly all private payers. It is important to verify each payer’s coverage policies for PAs. Each payer has its own guidelines regarding service coverage and payment.
Third-Party Reimbursement: Issue Brief [PDF]
This issue brief gives an overview of PA reimbursement through third-party payers.
Antitrust Implications of Negotiating with Third-Party Payers [PDF]
Learn about antitrust laws related to payment for services.
Resources Medicare pays for medical and surgical services provided by PAs at 85 percent of the physician fee schedule. This rate applies to all practice settings, including hospitals (inpatient, outpatient and emergency departments), nursing facilities, homes, offices and clinics. It also applies to first assisting at surgery. Medicare had a myriad of policies and regulations that must be followed in order to avoid allegations of fraud and abuse. The following articles detail policy for billing for services provided by PAs. Member login is required. Access these documents.
2013 DME Face-to-Face Requirements Effective July 1, 2013, CMS will require documentation of a face-to-face encounter for a patient receiving an order for certain types of durable medical equipment (DME). The supplier will require a copy of the documentation to be signed by a physician in order to deliver/dispense the applicable item(s). Pre-op H+P The pre-op H+P is generally not a billable encounter as it is considered part of the “global package”.
Medicare Benefit Policy Manual: Physician Assistant Services This document is a direct citation from the Medicare Manual authorizing coverage of professional services provided by PAs.
Medicare Preventive Services PAs may provide Medicare Preventive Services, including the "Welcome to Medicare" exam and the “Annual Wellness Visit.” There are many rules, requirements, limitations and screening schedules for these services.
"Incident-to" Billing "Incident-to" is a Medicare provision that allows for services provided by a PA in the office to be billed under the NPI of the physician with reimbursement at 100%. Shared Visit Billing Shared visit billing is a Medicare provision that allows for services provided in the hospital by both the PA and the physician to be billed under the NPI of the physician with reimbursement at 100%. Medicare Enrollment Physician assistants must apply first for an NPI number, then enroll in Medicare via the PECOS system. This document contains detailed instructions.
Private Payer Policy for PAs Practices must ascertain the payment policy and claims submission instructions for services provided by PAs from each payer with whom they contract.First Assisting at Surgery This document includes billing rules for first assisting, the Medicare exclusion list and Teaching Facility Rules. Home Health Services There are new home health requirements for a face-to-face visit, which may be provided by a PA. Skilled Nursing Facility/Inpatient Rehab Physicians managing patient care in nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and inpatient rehab units may delegate visits to PAs. Medicare Preventive Services PAs may provide the "Welcome to Medicare" visit, annual wellness visit, and other preventive services. E-Prescribing PAs are eligible for the Medicare e-prescribing incentive payments, but are also subject to the penalties if not successfully prescribing.Electronic Health Record Incentive Program PAs are not eligible for the Medicare EHR incentive program. PAs in limited circumstances can be eligible for the Medicaid EHR incentive program.
Calculating PA Productivity This collection of information highlights the considerations and challenges associated with calculating PA Productivity.
There are many ways you can increase your involvement in the PA profession outside of clinical practice. Your participation in these activities helps to strengthen the profession and to spread the message about the important work that PAs do.
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