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Apr 19

Billing the Welcome to Medicare visit

 

This is an once-in-a-lifetime benefit and it must be performed within six months after the effective date of the beneficiary’s first Part B coverage, but only if such Part B coverage begins on or after January 1, 2005.  Neither the Co-payment (20% of the Approved Amount) nor the deductible ($110 for 2005) is waived.  This is payable by the patient.

How to Bill the Service:

Service

HCPCS Code

Par Fee Schedule

Diagnosis

Examination

                  G0344

$97.02

V70.0

EKG

G0366

$26.70

V70.0

*Both components, the examination and the EKG, must be performed for either of the components to be paid.

A separate medically necessary E/M service (CPT codes 99201 through 99215) may be billed on the same day as the “Welcome to Medicare” visit.  Use a modifier –25 on the CPT E/M code.  CMS states that this shouldn’t be a typical occurrence and the agency will monitor utilization patterns for level 4 and 5 E/M services.  The visit must be medically necessary to treat the patient’s illness or injury or to improve the function of a malformed body member.

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