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Telephone Fees

This short self-quiz will test your understanding of MSP billing policies and procedures for telephone fees.

Question 1

A patient called a Specialist Physician’s office and spoke to the nurse about an appointment, which of the following is the billable telephone fee?

  (a) Fee item G10001
  (b) Fee item G10003
  (c) None, the telephone fees are not billable for arranging an appointment

Question 2

A Cardiologist performed a right heart catheterization (fee item 00810) on a patient and also had a phone conversation with this patient on the same day, which of the following is the billable telephone fee?

  (a) Fee item G10002
  (b) None, the telephone fees are not payable with another service on the same day, for the same patient by the same practitioner
  (c) Fee item G10003

Question 3

A Psychiatrist scheduled a follow-up call with a patient after the patient’s release from the hospital and spent 25 minutes on the phone with the patient regarding his medical condition. Which of the following is the correct billing?

  (a) Fee item G10003 x 2, as this was a scheduled service with the patient and the time spent was greater than 15 minutes
  (b) Fee item G10001 x 1
  (c) Fee item G10002 x 2

Question 4

A Specialist Physician received a call from a General Practitioner requesting advice for a patient on a Saturday, and had a clinical discussion regarding the patient with the General Practitioner within 2 hours. Which of the following is the correct billing?
  (a) Fee items G10003 and 01202 (call-out charges for Saturday, Sunday or Statutory holiday)
  (b) As the call was rendered within 2 hours, fee item G10001 x 1 is payable, Out-of-Office Hours Premiums may not be claimed in addition to the telephone fees
  (c) Fee item G10002