The policies of Workers Compensation and No Fault are discussed below.
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information. Thank you!
Worker's Compensation Policy
Worker's compensation does not recognize stand-alone massage
therapists or accupuncturists. One must be a medical doctor,
chiropractor, or physical therapist to receive compensation for
massage therapy through NYS worker's compensation provisions.
If you do qualify to receive payment from worker's comp, all billing
is handled through the employer's insurance company. The only contact
the massage therapist should have is through the mailing of a copy of
the patient's report to the appropriate WCB office for recordkeeping.
Everything else is transparent to the practitioner.
For more information, contact Theresa at the WCB Health Providers
Administration Office, 518-402-6187
Worker's Compensation Website NYS
No Fault Policy
No Fault Insurance DOES does have provisions for massage therapy. No
special authorization is needed; you must be a licensed massage
therapist. There are three different ways for billing under No Fault
-- one of which is to just bill your client directly, and have them be
reimbursed by No Fault.
The different ways of billing for the work are discussed here:
Read more about No Fault here; the first 3 links are the regulations:
To find the "going rate" for massage therapists under No Fault law,
you'll need to obtain a copy of Workers Compensation Board "Physical
Medicine Fee Schedule", available from Ingenix:
No Fault uses this WCB fee schedule. "Physical medicine" code 97124
might be the one to look at first.
For more information, contact Chris at the No Fault line:
WCB and NYS Insurance offices
Clarification of Answer by
28 Sep 2005 12:46 PDT
For Workers' Compensation cases, a WCB-authorized medical doctor can
bill for the work of a message therapist or physical therapist if
under your supervision. According to ground rule 11 in the workers'
compensation medical fee schedule, "supervision" is defined as such:
"Must be present in the office suite and immediately available to
provide assistance and direction throughout the time services are
performed." With regards to billing -- yes, you would bill under the
With No Fault, you have more freedom, since stand-alone massage
(off-site) therapy is directly supported with no authorization needed.
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