Programming of Neurostimulators by Reps

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January 23, 2014

Question:

One of the vendor representatives comes to our office to interrogate our neurostimulators such as a deep brain stimulator and spinal stimulator. The reps keep telling my doctors that we can bill for their services “incident-to” the physician but I believe this is not right. What do you think?

Answer:

Trust your instincts. You are correct – it is not every appropriate to bill “incident to” the physician for something a vendor rep does such as programming a neurostimulator.