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    Health Service Code 13.59VA

    Prolonged COVID-19 vaccination - physician time only, greater than 10 minutes


    NOTE 1. May only be claimed in addition to HSC 13.59V when the physician spends greater than 10 minutes directly with the patient. Does not include time spent on indirect patient care such as charting.

    1. The patient's record must provide a detailed description of the service and must include: a. Documentation of any counselling provided. b. Documentation of any adverse reactions to the vaccine. c. Start and stop times for all services personally rendered by the physician.
    2. May not be claimed for post-vaccination-monitoring.
    3. Concurrent time for overlapping services may not be claimed.
    4. May not be claimed in addition to any other service except HSC 13.59V during the same encounter for the same patient.
    Category:V Visit
    Base rate:$20.00

    AMA billing tips:

    • 13.59VA may be claimed in the case where the patient has an immediate post-vaccination reaction, or the physician is required to counsel patient at the time of vaccination regarding vaccine hesitancy, questions, etc., AND the physician spends more than 10 minutes with the patient, claim 13.59VA, in addition to 13.59V. The patient’s record must describe counselling provided, any adverse reactions to the vaccine, as well as start and stop time of the physician’s direct service to the patient.

    • Claims for non-entitled residents (PQ, out of province, non registered Alberta residents or out of country) may be submitted for 13.59A or 13.59VA, should be submitted as follows:

      • The ULI field should always be blank.
      • The person data fields must be completed in full.
      • The OOP registration number should be in the appropriate field with a corresponding ‘recovery code’.
      • OOP resident claims for covid injections should be submitted as medical reciprocal but text is required to hold the claim for manual review. If there is no text, the system will automatically reject the claims as medically excluded.
      • Some EMR systems will not allow a submitter to submit with both the ULI and registration number fields blank (for non-residents / PQ). In this case, enter 9 zeros in the registration number field with a corresponding recovery code of SK and the appropriate text (even though they may not be a SK resident). This has been tested and will work BUT it is essential that the text and personal data be included as it is used to then modify the claim correctly upon receipt.

      To be clear, as per Gen 126, text is required on all claims for non-entitled residents (PQ, out of province, non registered Alberta residents or out of country). Text is to include all insurance eligibility (whether that is an out of country insurance company name and number that the physician obtained from the patient, an AHS assigned ULI OR if using all zero’s in the registration field, the patient’s OOP registration number).

    Fee modifiers:

    No modifiers.

    Governing Rules:

    No Governing Rules.