Initial Preventative Physical Exam (IPPE) G0402 is know as the “Welcome to Medicare Visit” to most Medical Billers
What is a Welcome to Medicare visit and how do you bill for it? Let’s see if I can help and explain and point you in the right direction to gather more information.
A patient who has just qualified for Medicare Part B is allowed this once in a lifetime benefit within the first 12 months of Medicare eligibility. Medicare calls this exam the Initial Preventative Physical Exam or IPPE but it is more widely known as the “Welcome to Medicare Visit”. This is a great benefit that also includes several exams that are normally not covered. A properly trained front desk staff scheduling appropriate appointments is essential, for both your office and for your newly Medicare eligible patient, to properly utilize these once in a lifetime benefits.
The IPPE is designed for “health promotion and disease detection” per Medicare. The following requirements of the IPPE can found at the CMS website at: http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/MPS_QRI_IPPE001a.pdfContinue Reading