Question:

Exactly what does “incident to” mean in regard to respiratory therapy?

Answer:

Therapeutic services, which hospitals provide on an outpatient basis in a variety of settings, are those services and supplies (including the use of hospital facilities) which are incident to the services of physicians in the treatment of patients. To be covered as incident to physicians’ services, the services and supplies must be furnished on a physician’s order by hospital personnel under hospital medical staff supervision in the hospital. There is no requirement that the physician who orders the hospital services be directly connected with the department that provides the services.

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