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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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§9789.12.9. Professional Component (PC)/Technical Component (TC) Indicator.

The Medicare PC/TC Indicators have been adapted for workers' compensation and have the following meanings:

0 =
Physician Service Codes--Identifies codes that describe physician services. Examples include visits, consultations, and
surgical procedures. The concept of PC/TC does not apply since physician services cannot be split into professional
and technical components. Modifiers 26 and TC cannot be used with these codes. The RVUS include values for
physician work, practice expense and malpractice expense. There are some codes with no work RVUs.
1 =
Diagnostic Tests for Radiology Services--Identifies codes that describe diagnostic tests. Examples are pulmonary
function tests or therapeutic radiology procedures, e.g., radiation therapy. These codes have both a professional
and technical component. Modifiers 26 and TC can be used with these codes. The total RVUs for codes reported with
a 26 modifier include values for physician work, practice expense, and malpractice expense. The total RVUs for codes
reported with a TC modifier include values for practice expense and malpractice expense only. The total RVUs for
codes reported without a modifier include values for physician work, practice expense, and malpractice expense.
2 =
Professional Component Only Codes--This indicator identifies stand-alone codes that describe the physician work
portion of selected diagnostic tests for which there is an associated code that describes the technical component of
the diagnostic test only and another associated code that describes the global test. An example of a professional component
only code is CPT code 93010--Electrocardiogram; Interpretation and Report. Modifiers 26 and TC cannot be used with
these codes. The total RVUs for professional component only codes include values for physician work, practice
expense, and malpractice expense.
3 =
Technical Component Only Codes--This indicator identifies stand-alone codes that describe the technical component
(i.e., staff and equipment costs) of selected diagnostic tests for which there is an associated code that describes the
professional component of the diagnostic test only. An example of a technical component only code is CPT code
93005-Electrocardiogram; Tracing Only, without interpretation and report. It also identifies codes that are covered
only as diagnostic tests and therefore do not have a related professional code. Modifiers 26 and TC cannot be used with
these codes. The total RVUs for technical component only codes include values for practice expense and malpractice
expense only.
4 =
Global Test Only Codes--This indicator identifies stand-alone codes that describe selected diagnostic tests for which there
are associated codes that describe (a) the professional component of the test only, and (b) the technical component of the test
only. Modifiers 26 and TC cannot be used with these codes. The total RVUs for global procedure only codes include
values for physician work, practice expense, and malpractice expense. The total RVUs for global procedure only codes equals
the sum of the total RVUs for the professional and technical components only codes combined.
5 =
Incident To Codes--This indicator identifies codes that describe services covered incident to a physician's service when
they are provided by auxiliary personnel employed by the physician and working under his or her direct personal supervision.
These services are not payable when they are provided to hospital inpatients or patients in a hospital outpatient department.
Modifiers 26 and TC cannot be used with these codes.
6 =
Laboratory Physician Interpretation Codes--This indicator identifies clinical laboratory codes for which separate payment
for interpretations by laboratory physicians may be made. Actual performance of the tests is paid for under the lab fee
schedule. Modifier TC cannot be used with these codes. The total RVUs for laboratory physician interpretation codes
include values for physician work, practice expense, and malpractice expense.
7 =
Physical therapy service, for which payment may not be made--Payment may not be made if the service is provided
to either a patient in a hospital outpatient department or to an inpatient of the hospital by an independently practicing
physical or occupational therapist.
8 =
Physician interpretation codes--This indicator identifies the professional component of clinical laboratory codes for
which separate payment may be made only if the physician interprets an abnormal smear for hospital inpatient.
This applies to CPT codes 88141 and 85060. No TC billing is recognized because payment for the underlying clinical
laboratory test is made to the hospital, generally through the Hospital Fee Schedule payment rate.
No payment is recognized for CPT codes 88141 and 85060 furnished to hospital outpatients or non-hospital patients.
The physician interpretation is paid through the clinical laboratory fee schedule payment for the clinical laboratory test.
9 =
Not Applicable--Concept of a professional/technical component does not apply.

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).

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