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CMS to Release Comparative Billing Reports for Outpatient Physical Therapy Services with the KX Modifer

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced it will release a national provider Comparative Billing Report (CBR) targeting Independent Physical Therapy Providers who practice in the outpatient setting and bill Medicare with the KX Modifier, which is the billing requirement used to show that the beneficiary has exceeded the therapy cap, but requires additional medically necessary physical therapy services. Last August, physical therapists were the first provider type to receive CBRs. The CBRs currently being issued to physical therapists will be distributed to 5,000 additional or different providers and will be centered on 2010 billing data.

The CBRs are produced by Safeguard Services under contract with CMS and will provide comparative data to help show how these individual providers compare to other providers within the same field. These comparative studies are designed to help providers review their coding and billing practices and utilization patterns, and take proactive compliance measures. Providers should view CBRs as a tool, rather than a warning, as a way to aid them in properly complying with Medicare billing rules. It is also important to understand that CBRs do not contain patient or case-specific data, but rather only summary billing information as a method of ensuring privacy.

If you are a recipient of a Physical Therapy CBR or are among the other provider types that have been identified to receive CBRs (i.e. physical therapists, chiropractors, ambulance, hospice, podiatry, and sleep studies), please contact a Wachler & Associates attorney at 248-544-0888 to discuss evaluating the CBR analysis and development of an appropriate compliance plan that will reduce audit risks.

Click here to view an Outpatient Physical Therapy Services CBR sample.