April 26, 2021
Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and in the interest of keeping everyone safe and healthy, MSF has made a decision to allow for more telephone health care services to keep our injured employees at home, but continuing on their way to recovery. These guidelines will be in effect until further notice.
Note: Please use POS 02 in Box 24B of the CMS 1500 form to indicate that the services provided have been via a telephonic/video type method. The GT modifier may also be applied for audio/video telecommunications. For timed codes, please document total time spent in the record.
99201 – 99215 Evaluation and Management visits that normally require face to face time will be allowed as audio/video visits. Documentation does need to support the services billed.
90832: 30 minutes 90834: 45 minutes 90837: 60 minutes
Psychological Evaluations will need to be authorized prior to service by calling Michele Fairclough at the number listed at the end of this publication.
Online Digital Evaluation and Management service, for an established patient, for up to 7 days, cumulative:
99421: 5-10 minutes 99422: 11-20 minutes 99423: 21 or more minutes
Telephone Evaluation and Management (E/M) services by a physician or other qualified health care professional who may report E/M services provided to an established patient:
99441: 5-10 minutes 99442: 11-20 minutes 99443: 21-30 minutes
Telephone assessment and management service provided by a qualified nonphysician health care professional to an established patient or episode of care initiated by an established patient:
98966: 5-10 minutes 98967: 11-20 minutes 98968: 21-30 minutes
Qualified non-physician health care professional online digital (non-face to face) E/M service utilizing internet resources for an established patient, for up to 7 days, cumulative time during those 7 days:
98970: 5-10 minutes98971: 11-20 minutes 98972: 21 or more minutes
Physical/Occupational Therapy can use the above codes as applicable; also, MSF will allow the following re-evaluation codes:
97164 – Physical Therapy Re-evaluation 97168 – Occupational Therapy Re-evaluation
The following Physical or Occupational Therapy initial evaluations will need to be pre-authorized by calling Michele Fairclough at the number listed at the end of this publication:
97161 97162 97163 97165 97165 97167
For physical/occupational therapies, MSF will allow the following codes for a total of 2 units (30 minutes) for the management of home exercise:
97110 97530 97535
We understand that there may be questions regarding different circumstances as we go along. Please call Michele Fairclough, Director of Medical Services, at 406-495-5362 or Kym Vonada at 406-495-5389 and we will work toward getting these issues resolved.