Question:

For respiratory rehabilitation services, do you have any tips on billing single and multiple units relative to the time increments?

Answer:

The therapist should bill a single 15-minute unit for treatment greater than or equal to 8 minutes and less than 23 minutes. If the duration of a single modality or procedure is > 23 minutes and < 38 minutes, then two units should be billed, and additional units are reported based on graduated increments of time. In all instances, the documentation in the medical record must support the duration and necessity of the time billed.

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