GA Publishes 2009 Medical Fee Schedule

                               
Atlanta, GA (CompNewsNetwork) - The April 1, 2009, Georgia Workers' Compensation Medical Fee Schedule is available for purchase.

Some notable changes to the 2009 fee schedule are as follows:

   1. Maximum allowable reimbursements (MAR) have all been recalculated.
   2. CPT codes were updated with code additions, deletions and revisions in accordance with the AMA.
   3. IME rates have increased to $600.00 for the first hour and $150.00 for each additional 15 minutes. Use state-specific code IME01 when billing for IME.
   4. Physician Testimony/Deposition rates have increased to $600.00 for the first hour and $150.00 for each additional 15 minutes.
   5. Translation/Interpretation for physician and PE use during face-to-face Evaluation and Management visits use state-specific modifier TR.  See detailed information in Section IV, pages 11 and 12 of April 1, 2009 fee schedule.
   6. Transportation - Ambulance and Air Services has been added to the fee schedule.
   7. Non-Emergency Transportation reimbursements have increased by 1.7%.
   8. Anesthesia base rate has been increased to $35.63.
   9. Home Health Services hourly rates have increased by 1.7%.
  10. State-specific modifier -TR has been added in circumstances where an interpreter/translator is required during a face-to-face E/M services provided by a physician or PE.
  11. Medical Record copy reimbursement remains unchanged from 2008.
  12. Pharmacy reimbursement remains unchanged from 2008.

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