Question: Three months ago, your physician diagnosed Mr Bones with rheumatoid arthritis, and gave him a regimen of medication and therapy. Today, your nurse practitioner is assessing this patient’s progress. Your provider is out of town attending a medical convention, but one of his partners is in the office. Is the visit with the nurse practitioner eligible for incident-to billing?
Answer: Yes. Medicare states that the physician who initiates the course of treatment does not need to be the same physician who oversees a staff member performing an incidental service, so the physician’s partner can do the supervising. Remember, however, that you must bill this work under the supervising physician’s Medicare number.