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§ 134.210. Medical Fee Guideline for Workers’ Compensation Specific Services

(a) Specific provisions contained in the Labor Code or division rules, including this chapter, shall take precedence over any conflicting provision adopted or utilized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in administering the Medicare program. Independent review organization decisions regarding medical necessity made in accordance with Labor Code §413.031 and §133.308 of this title, which are made on a case-by-case basis, take precedence, in that case only, over any division rules and Medicare payment policies.

(b) Payment policies relating to coding, billing, and reporting for workers’ compensation specific codes, services, and programs are as follows:

(1) Health care providers shall bill their usual and customary charges using the most current Level I Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Level II Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes. Health care providers shall submit medical bills in accordance with the Labor Code and division rules.

(2) Modifying circumstance shall be identified by use of the appropriate modifier following the appropriate Level I (CPT codes) and Level II HCPCS codes. Where HCPCS modifiers apply, insurance carriers shall treat them in accordance with Medicare and Texas Medicaid rules. Additionally, division-specific modifiers are identified in subsection (e) of this section. When two or more modifiers are applicable to a single HCPCS code, indicate each modifier on the bill.

(3) A 10 percent incentive payment shall be added to the maximum allowable reimbursement (MAR) for services outlined in §§134.220, 134.225, 134.235, 134.240, and 134.250 of this title and subsection (d) of this section that are performed in designated workers’ compensation underserved areas in accordance with §134.2 of this title.

(c) When there is a negotiated or contracted amount that complies with Labor Code §413.011, reimbursement shall be the negotiated or contracted amount that applies to the billed services.

(d) When there is no negotiated or contracted amount that complies with Labor Code §413.011, reimbursement shall be the least of the:

(1) MAR amount;

(2) health care provider’s usual and customary charge, unless directed by division rule to bill a specific amount; or

(3) fair and reasonable amount consistent with the standards of §134.1 of this title.

(e) The following division modifiers shall be used by health care providers billing professional medical services for correct coding, reporting, billing, and reimbursement of the procedure codes.

(1) CA, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited programs–This modifier shall be used when a health care provider bills for a return to work rehabilitation program that is CARF accredited.

(2) CP, chronic pain management program–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 97799 to indicate chronic pain management program services were performed.

(3) FC, functional capacity–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 97750 when a functional capacity evaluation is performed.

(4) MR, outpatient medical rehabilitation program–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 97799 to indicate outpatient medical rehabilitation program services were performed.

(5) MI, multiple impairment ratings–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 99455 when the designated doctor is required to complete multiple impairment ratings calculations.

(6) NM, not at maximum medical improvement (MMI)–This modifier shall be added to the appropriate MMI CPT code to indicate that the injured employee has not reached MMI when the purpose of the examination was to determine MMI.

(7) RE, return to work (RTW) and/or evaluation of medical care (EMC)–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 99456 when a RTW or EMC examination is performed.

(8) SP, specialty area–This modifier shall be added to the appropriate MMI CPT code when a specialty area is incorporated into the MMI report.

(9) TC, technical component–This modifier shall be added to the CPT code when the technical component of a procedure is billed separately.

(10) VR, review report–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 99455 to indicate that the service was the treating doctor’s review of report(s) only.

(11) V1, level of MMI for treating doctor–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 99455 when the office visit level of service is equal to a “minimal” level.

(12) V2, level of MMI for treating doctor–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 99455 when the office visit level of service is equal to “self limited or minor” level.

(13) V3, level of MMI for treating doctor–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 99455 when the office visit level of service is equal to “low to moderate” level.

(14) V4, level of MMI for treating doctor–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 99455 when the office visit level of service is equal to “moderate to high severity” level and at least 25 minutes duration.

(15) V5, level of MMI for treating doctor–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 99455 when the office visit level of service is equal to “moderate to high severity” level and at least 45 minutes duration.

(16) WC, work conditioning–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 97545 to indicate work conditioning was performed.

(17) WH, work hardening–This modifier shall be added to CPT code 97545 to indicate work hardening was performed.

(18) WP, whole procedure–This modifier shall be added to the CPT code when both the professional and technical components of a procedure are performed by a single health care provider.

(19) W1, case management for treating doctor–This modifier shall be added to the appropriate case management billing code activities when performed by the treating doctor.

(20) W5, designated doctor examination for impairment or attainment of MMI–This modifier shall be added to the appropriate examination code performed by a designated doctor when determining impairment caused by the compensable injury and in attainment of MMI.

(21) W6, designated doctor examination for extent–This modifier shall be added to the appropriate examination code performed by a designated doctor when determining extent of the injured employee’s compensable injury.

(22) W7, designated doctor examination for disability–This modifier shall be added to the appropriate examination code performed by a designated doctor when determining whether the injured employee’s disability is a direct result of the work-related injury.

(23) W8, designated doctor examination for return to work–This modifier shall be added to the appropriate examination code performed by a designated doctor when determining the ability of injured employee to return to work.

(24) W9, designated doctor examination for other similar issues–This modifier shall be added to the appropriate examination code performed by a designated doctor when determining other similar issues.

The provisions of this §134.210 adopted to be July 7, 2016, 41 TexReg 4839.

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§ 134.210. Medical Fee Guideline for Workers’ Compensation Specific Services

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Title 28. Insurance

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