Beginning January 1, 2013, Medicare therapy claims filed at specific points during a Medicare therapy patient’s treatment must include a G code which is to be used to describe certain functional limitations of the patient, as well as an additional modifier code to describe the full extent of that patient’s specific limitation.

There are 40 of these Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level III G codes required for the reporting of the status of a Medicare patient’s functional limitation(s). To name a few there is the patient’s mobility, his or her self-care, the patient’s spoken language, the patient’s level of comprehension, and more.

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