98961: Education and training for patient self-management by a qualified, non-physician health care professional using a standard curriculum face-to-face with patient/caregiver for 30 minutes each (2-4 patients)
98962: Education and training for patient self-management by a qualified, non-physician health care professional using a standard curriculum face-to-face with patient/caregiver for 30 minutes each (5-8 patients)
Description: Group education
Delivery Method: Face-to-face, via video, or telephone (note: telephone can only be utilized if video was declined by patient)
Who Can Bill? Any licensed care-team member who has completed Introduction to Team-Based Care within 6 months of billing
May be billed with quantity >1
Can be billed if 51% of the time threshold is met
Not billable by physician
Not billable by physician
|This code is not included within incentive program, effective with 2022 program year|
|Medicaid (varies by HMO)||Must be prescribed by physician or APP; cannot bill if beneficiary is enrolled in a diabetes or asthma education program during the same period|
Billing opportunities and reimbursement may vary depending upon organization's specific payer value-based contracts. All services should be billed in accordance with CPT and Center for Medicare & Medicaid service guidelines.
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- Date of service and location of class
- Name and credentials of person facilitating the class
- Duration of class
- Diagnoses relevant to the group visits
- Nature and content and objective(s) of the training
- Total number of patients in attendance
- Individuals in attendance other than patient and relationship to patient
- Updates status on medical condition, care needs, and progress to goal(s)
Group Education FAQs
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Q: Can an educational visit be conducted via telephone?
A: Yes, with appropriate documentation within medical record clearly stating that patient can’t or will not present for face-to-face visit.
Q: Can a physician bill a 98961 or 98962?
Q: If a family member attends a training, can a care-team member submit claim on behalf of the patient?
Q: Can a care team member bill the education group codes (98961/98962) and the ACP (S0257) simultaneously?
A: Yes, if the group is discussing ACP and the physician agrees with plan of care. All documentation should indicate what was conducted during this group education.
Group Education Scenario
Patient has a new diagnosis of chronic kidney disease.
Patient and caregiver indicated interest in Chronic Kidney Disease Group Education class.
Patient attends with caregiver and with 3 other patients for 30 minutes. (98961)
Patient attends a second class with 6 other patients for 60 minutes. (98962)