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Library: Policy

317:30-5-680. Team therapy (Co-treatment)

Revised 9-1-21

        Therapists, or therapy assistants, working together as a team to treat one (1) or more members cannot bill separately for the same or different service provided at the same time to the same member.

(1) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes are used for billing the services of one (1) 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 member.

(2) If multiple therapies (physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech therapy) are provided to one (1) member at the same time, only one (1) therapist can bill for the entire service, or each therapist can divide the service units.

(3) Providers must report the CPT code for the time actually spent in the delivery of the modality requiring constant attendance and therapy services. Pre- and post-delivery services are not to be counted in determining the treatment service time. The time counted must begin when the therapist is directly working with the member to deliver treatment services.

(4) The time counted is the time the member is being treated. If the member requires both a therapist and an assistant, or even two (2) therapists, each service unit of time the member is being treated can count as only one (1) unit of each code. The service units billed must equal the total time the member was receiving actual therapy services. It is not allowable for each therapist or therapy assistant to bill for the entire therapy session. The time the member spends not being treated, for any reason, must not be billed.

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