Certifying Physician: Identify for Claim Processing

Conditions of coverage and payment for outpatient physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) or speech-language pathology (SLP) services rely on the certification of the plan of care (POC). The National Provider Identifier (NPI) of the certifying physician or non-physician practitioner (NPP) must be included on the therapy claim.

Institutional Claim Processing: UB-04 Form

  • Certifying physician/NPP is individual who has overall responsibility for patient's medical care and treatment
  • NPI is reported on claim in Attending Provider fields (form location 76)
  • Care provided under more than one POC with different certifying physicians/NPPs, report second NPI in Referring Physician field (form locations 78-79)

In a Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF), NPPs cannot certify the plan of care.

Professional Claim Processing: CMS-1500 Claim Form

  • Certifying physician/NPP is considered a referring provider
  • Claim edits to ensure one claim-level referring NPI is present
  • Follow instruction for ASC X12 837 Professional Health Care Claim Technical Report 3 (TR3) reporting referring provider
  • Paper submission: Report NPI in Item 17/17A



Last Updated Dec 12 , 2022