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Interpreters: Sample Billing Scenarios

Sample Billing Scenarios

If interpreting for an L&I injured worker (client)
Scenarios below take place in one day with the same L&I clientTime framesType of serviceCode & units to bill
1
  • Interpreter drives 8 miles from his place of business to the client's appointment.
N/AMileageBill 8 units of 9986M
  • Client arrives for his 8:45 a.m. appointment.
  • Interpreter and client enter the exam room at 9:00 a.m.
  • The exam takes 20 minutes.
  • Doctor leaves room for 5 minutes and returns with a prescription and an x-ray request.
  • The appointment ends at 9:30 a.m.
  • 45 minutes = 45 units
8:45 a.m. to
9:30 a.m.
Individual Interpretive ServicesBill 45 units of 9989M
2
  • Interpreter drives 4 miles to a radiology facility.
N/AMileageBill 4 units of 9986M
  • Interpreter and client arrive at radiology facility at 9:45 a.m.
  • They wait 15 minutes for x-ray appointment.
  • The appointment takes 15 minutes.
  • They wait 10 minutes to verify if x-rays are okay.
  • 40 minutes = 40 units
9:45 a.m. to
10:25 a.m.
Individual Interpretive ServicesBill 40 units of 9989M

If interpreting for a group of L&I injured workers at the same time
Scenarios below take place in one day with the same group of L&I clientsTime framesType of serviceCode & units to bill
1
  • Interpreter drives 9 miles from his place of business to the appointment of 3 clients. Of the 3 clients only 2 are L&I clients. Interpreter splits the mileage between the 3 clients, but can only bill for the 2 L&I clients:
  • 9 divided by 3 = 3 units
N/AMileageBill 3 units of 9986M for each L&I client (2)
2
  • The 3 clients begin a physical therapy appointment at 9:00 a.m. The interpreter circulates between the 3 clients during the appointment which ends at 10:00 a.m.
  • (60 minutes) 60 divided by 3 = 20 units
9:00 a.m. to
10:00 a.m.
Group Interpretive ServicesBill 20 units of 9988M to each L&I client (2)
3
  • After completing the appointment the interpreter drives 9 miles back to his place of business. Interpreter splits the mileage between the 3 clients, but can only bill for the 2 L&I clients:
  • 9 divided by 3 = 3 units
N/AMileageBill 3 units of 9986M for each L&I client (2)

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