Source of Truth for Physician Supervision Level for Facility/Technical Component
I am seeking clarification on how to determine the proper level of physician supervision that is required for given diagnostic services/procedures related to the reporting of the Facility/Technical component. It has always been my understanding that for Outpt. Diagnostic Services, even on the hospital side), one should use the MPFS Physician Supervision Level Indicator value with its corresponding definition. Recently it was conveyed to me that the MPFS only applied to Professional billing and not Facility billing. I am trying to determine if this is correct. An example would be an OP radiology test that has both TC and PC components. The TC component has a Supervision Level of 3 (personal) in the MPFS. Based on that, it is my understanding that the physician(radiologist) would have to be physically present with the patient during the test in order for the hospital to bill the service. I am now being told the physician only has to provide direct supervision and just be immediately available. Does the Physician Supervision Indicator apply to hospital charge reporting?
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