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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
SUBCHAPTER 1. ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR -ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
Article 5.3. Official Medical Fee Schedule

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§9789.12.2. Calculation of the Maximum Reasonable Fee - Services Other than Anesthesia.

Except for fees determined pursuant to ยง9789.18.1 et seq., (Anesthesia), the base maximum reasonable fee for physician and non-physician professional medical practitioner services shall be the non-facility or facility fee calculated as follows:

(a) Non-facility site of service fee calculation:

[(Work RVU * Statewide Work GAF) + (Non-Facility PE RVU * Statewide PE GAF) + (MP RVU * Statewide MP GAF)] * Conversion Factor (CF) = Base Maximum Fee

Key:
RVU = Relative Value Unit
GAF = Average Statewide Geographic Adjustment Factor
Work = Physician Work
PE = Practice Expense
MP = Malpractice Expense

The base maximum fee for the procedure code is the maximum reasonable fee, except as otherwise provided by applicable provisions of this fee schedule, including but not limited to the application of ground rules and modifiers that effect reimbursement.

(b) Facility site of service fee calculation:

[(Work RVU * Statewide Work GAF) + (Facility PE RVU * Statewide PE GAF) + (MP RVU * Statewide MP GAF)] * Conversion Factor = Base Maximum Fee

Key:
RVU = Relative Value Unit
GAF = Average Statewide Geographic Adjustment Factor
Work = Physician Work
PE = Practice Expense
MP = Malpractice Expense

The base maximum fee for the procedure code is the maximum reasonable fee, except as otherwise provided by applicable provisions of this fee schedule, including but not limited to the application of ground rules and modifiers that effect reimbursement.

(c) “Facility RVUs” shall be used where the place of service is listed as facility (“F”) in subdivision (d). “Non-Facility Total RVUs” shall be used where the place of service is listed as nonfacility (“NF”) in subdivision (d).

(d)(1) The place of service code (POS) is used to identify where the procedure is furnished. All services shall be assigned the POS code for the setting in which the patient received the face-to-face service. In cases where the face-to-face requirement is obviated such as those when a physician/practitioner provides the PC/interpretation of a diagnostic test, from a distant site, the POS code assigned by the physician/practitioner shall be the setting in which the patient received the Technical Component (TC) of the service.

(2) This face-to-face rule does not apply where the patient is receiving care as a registered inpatient or an outpatient of a hospital. The correct POS code assignment will be for the setting in which the patient is receiving inpatient care or outpatient care from a hospital, including the inpatient hospital (POS code 21) or the outpatient hospital (POS 22).

Payment Rate
POS Code and Name
Facility = F
Description
Nonfacility = NF
01 Pharmacy
NF
A facility or location where drugs and other medically related items and services are sold, dispensed, or otherwise
provided directly to patients.
03 School
NF
A facility whose primary purpose is education.
04 Homeless Shelter
NF
A facility or location whose primary purpose is to provide temporary housing to homeless individuals (e.g., emergency
shelters, individual or family shelters).
09 Prison/Correctional Facility
NF
A prison, jail, reformatory, work farm, detention center, or any other similar facility maintained by either Federal, State
or local authorities for the purpose of confinement or rehabilitation of adult or juvenile criminal offenders.
11 Office
NF
Location, other than a hospital, skilled nursing facility (SNF), military treatment facility, community health center, State
or local public health clinic, or intermediate care facility (ICF), where the health professional routinely provides health
examinations, diagnosis, and treatment of illness or injury on an ambulatory basis.
12 Home
NF
Location, other than a hospital or other facility, where the patient receives care in a private residence.
13 Assisted Living Facility
NF
Congregate residential facility with self-contained living units providing assessment of each resident's needs and on-site
support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the capacity to deliver or arrange for services including some health care and
other services.
14 Group Home
NF
A residence, with shared living areas, where clients receive supervision and other services such as social and/or behavioral
services, custodial service, and minimal services (e.g., medication administration).
15 Mobile Unit
NF
A facility/unit that moves from place-to-place equipped to provide preventive, screening, diagnostic, and/or treatment
services.
16 Temporary Lodging
NF
A short-term accommodation such as a hotel, camp ground, hostel, cruise ship or resort where the patient receives care,
and which is not identified by any other POS code.
17 Walk-in Retail Health Clinic
NF
A walk-in health clinic, other than an office, urgent care facility, pharmacy or independent clinic and not described by
any other Place of Service code, that is located within a retail operation and provides, on an ambulatory basis, preventive
and primary care services.
18 Place of Employment/Worksite
NF
A location, not described by any other POS code, owned or operated by a public or private entity where the patient is
employed, and where a health professional provides on-going or episodic occupational medical, therapeutic or
rehabilitative services to the individual.
20 Urgent Care Facility
NF
Location, distinct from a hospital emergency room, an office, or a clinic, whose purpose is to diagnose and treat illness
or injury for unscheduled, ambulatory patients seeking immediate medical attention.
21 Inpatient Hospital
F
A facility, other than psychiatric, which primarily provides diagnostic, therapeutic (both surgical and nonsurgical), and
rehabilitation services by, or under, the supervision of physicians to patients admitted for a variety of medical conditions.
22 Outpatient Hospital
F
A portion of a hospital which provides diagnostic, therapeutic (both surgical and nonsurgical), and rehabilitation services
to sick or injured persons who do not require hospitalization or institutionalization.
23 Emergency Room-Hospital
F
A portion of a hospital where emergency diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury is provided.
24 Ambulatory Surgical Center
F
A freestanding facility, other than a physician's office, where surgical and diagnostic services are provided on an
ambulatory basis.
31 Skilled Nursing Facility
F
A facility which primarily provides inpatient skilled nursing care and related services to patients who require medical,
nursing, or rehabilitative services but does not provide the level of care or treatment available in a hospital.
32 Nursing Facility
NF
A facility which primarily provides to residents skilled nursing care and related services for the rehabilitation of injured,
disabled, or sick persons, or, on a regular basis, health-related care services above the level of custodial care to other than
mentally retarded individuals.
33 Custodial Care Facility
NF
A facility which provides room, board and other personal assistance services, generally on a longterm basis, and which
does not include a medical component.
34 Hospice
F
A facility, other than a patient's home, in which palliative and supportive care for terminally ill patients and their
families are provided.
41 Ambulance-Land
F
A land vehicle specifically designed, equipped and staffed for lifesaving and transporting the sick or injured.
42 Ambulance-Air or Water
F
An air or water vehicle specifically designed, equipped and staffed for lifesaving and transporting the sick or injured.
49 Independent Clinic
NF
A location, not part of a hospital and not described by any other Place of Service code, that is organized and operated to
provide preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative, or palliative services to outpatients only.
51 Inpatient Psychiatric Facility
F
A facility that provides inpatient psychiatric services for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness on a 24-hour basis,
by or under the supervision of a physician.
52 Psychiatric Facility-Partial Hospitalization
F
A facility for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness that provides a planned therapeutic program for patients who
do not require full time hospitalization, but who need broader programs than are possible from outpatient visits to a
hospital-based or hospital-affiliated facility.
53 Community Mental Health Center
F
A facility that provides the following services: outpatient services, including specialized outpatient services for children,
the elderly, individuals who are chronically ill, and residents of the CMHC's mental health services area who have been
discharged from inpatient treatment at a mental health facility; 24 hour a day emergency care services; day treatment,
other partial hospitalization services, or psychosocial rehabilitation services; screening for patients being considered for
admission to State mental health facilities to determine the appropriateness of such admission; and consultation and
education services.
54 Intermediate Care Facility/Mentally Retarded
NF
A facility which primarily provides health-related care and services above the level of custodial care to mentally retarded
individuals but does not provide the level of care or treatment available in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF).
55 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
NF
A facility which provides treatment for substance (alcohol and drug) abuse to live-in residents who do not require acute
medical care. Services include individual and group therapy and counseling, family counseling, laboratory tests, drugs
and supplies, psychological testing, and room and board.
56 Psychiatric Residential Treatment Center
F
A facility or distinct part of a facility for psychiatric care which provides a total 24-hour therapeutically planned and
professionally staffed group living and learning environment.
57 Non-residential Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
NF
A location which provides treatment for substance (alcohol and drug) abuse on an ambulatory basis. Services include
individual and group therapy and counseling, family counseling, laboratory tests, drugs and supplies, and psychological
testing.
60 Mass Immunization Center
NF
A location where providers administer pneumococcal pneumonia and influenza virus vaccinations and submit these
services as electronic media claims, paper claims, or using the roster billing method. This generally takes place in a mass
immunization setting, such as, a public health center, pharmacy, or mall but may include a physician office setting.
61 Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility
F
A facility that provides comprehensive rehabilitation services under the supervision of a physician to inpatients with
physical disabilities. Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social or psychological
services, and orthotics and prosthetics services.
62 Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility
NF
A facility that provides comprehensive rehabilitation services under the supervision of a physician to outpatients with
physical disabilities. Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology services.
65 End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Facility
NF
A facility other than a hospital, which provides dialysis treatment, maintenance, and/or training to patients or caregivers on
an ambulatory or home-care basis.
71 State or Local Public Health Clinic
NF
A facility maintained by either State or local health departments that provides ambulatory primary medical care under
the general direction of a physician.
72 Rural Health Clinic
NF
A certified facility which is located in a rural medically underserved area that provides ambulatory primary medical care
under the general direction of a physician.
81 Independent Laboratory
NF
A laboratory certified to perform diagnostic and/or clinical tests independent of an institution or a physician's office.
99 Other Place of Service
NF
Other place of service not identified above.

(e) See section 9789.19, by date of service, for the average statewide GAFs.

(f) The maximum fee for physician and non-physician practitioner services shall be the lesser of the actual charge or the calculated rate established by this fee schedule.

Note: Authority: Sections 133, 4603.5, 5307.1 and 5307.3, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 4600, 5307.1 and 5307.11, Labor Code.

HISTORY

1. New section filed 9-24-2013; operative 1-1-2014. Submitted to OAL as a file and print only pursuant to Government Code section 11340.9(g) (Register 2013, No. 39).

2. Amendment of subsection (b) filed 12-26-2013; operative 1-1-2014. Submitted to OAL as a file and print only pursuant to Government Code section 11340.9(g) (Register 2013, No. 52).

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