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Don’t bill for treating even extended family of the doctor — or her associates

Effective Apr 18, 2019
Published Apr 22, 2019
Last Reviewed Apr 18, 2019

Question: In the “Charges Imposed by Immediate Relatives of the Patient or Members of the Patient’s Household” section of the Medicare Policy Manual, CMS lists several categories of persons whose treatment cannot be billed to Medicare when the related provider treats them. But if a doctor who is not related to me supervises my treatment, but the NPP who actually performs the treatment incident-to is related to me, can the doctor charge for that? Also, if I’m the spouse of one of the doctors in a practice, are all the doctors in that practice prohibited from charging for my treatment?


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