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sleep studies

Bridget Posted Fri 15th of June, 2012 18:24:55 PM

My physician wants to start billing for home sleep studies 95806. He wants to contract the read out. Do we need to split bill with the pc/tc to be complaint?

SuperCoder Answered Fri 15th of June, 2012 19:23:06 PM

If you are billing for Medicare, then you should use G0400 (Home sleep test [hst] with type iv portable monitor, unattended; minimum of 3 channels). For any other commercial carriers, you need to report it with 95806 (Sleep study, unattended, simultaneous recording of, heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory airflow, and respiratory effort [e.g., thoracoabdominal movement]). You will need to check with your Medicare Contractors as to the correct billing for these services as it varies. For example, some Contractors state that you need to bill globally when a private physician office owns the equipment and performs the interpretation (with the date the testing was completed) without adding any modifiers such as TC (Technical component) or 26 (Professional component) with POS code 12 (Home).

Other Contractors prefer you split the claim. For example, Noridian Medicare policy states:

"If the unattended sleep study is performed in the patient's place of residence, use the appropriate code, G0398, G0399, or G0400, that reimburses the work of instructing the patient in the use of the equipment. It is not appropriate to add modifier TC or modifier 26 to the billed G code. Report 95806-26 for the physician's work interpreting the test. The date and the Place of Service (POS) where each component of the service is actually provided must be appended to the appropriate code; e.g., G0398 POS 12 (Home) 6/1/11 and 95806 26 POS 11 (Office) 6/3/11. The date that the sleep study device is actually applied is the date that must be billed with the appropriate G code. Likewise the date that the sleep study is actually interpreted is the date that must be billed with 95806-26."

Please note these two codes will never be billed for the same DOS. Also please note that only the professional component of CPT 95806 is payable when used in conjunction with any of the three G codes and billing for either the technical or global component of 95806 for unattended home sleep testing is not a payable service.

Bridget Posted Tue 19th of June, 2012 16:57:21 PM

Would you have the medicare policy for Novatis Solutions Medicare's local carrier in Baltimore MD in regards to sleep studies?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 19th of June, 2012 17:51:45 PM

Hi Kerri,

I hope this helps.

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