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Ep. 13: Medicare’s 8-Minute Rule: OT Billing Q&A

The 8-minute rule in billing is used in regard to time codes by Medicare to determine how many units of therapy you can bill underneath a timed code based on the amount of treatment time provided. If how to use the 8-minute rule is confusing to you, you’re not alone. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am answering a listener question on the 8-minute rule of billing!

In this episode, I cover:

  • When you will use the 8-minute rule
  • What the 8-minute rule means and how you can apply it in billing.
  • Timed codes vs. untimed codes.
  • Where you might get tripped up in billing and why it can sometimes be referred to as the 15-minute rule.
  • How you can use your time wisely and ensure you are getting paid for the care, you are providing.

Billing is such a complex situation, so it is important for you to always go to the source and seek out accurate information.

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