Concurrent is defined by Merriam-Webster as “operating or occurring at the same time”; “running parallel”; “acting in conjunction.”

Concurrent care is defined by Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) as “…the provision of similar services (eg, hospital visits) to the same patient by more than one physician on the same day.”

When 2 or more physicians are providing concurrent care to the same patient, each may report his or her services based on the level of care performed and documented. Typically when concurrent care is performed, each physician is treating or addressing different problems or conditions. CPT does not restrict physicians from billing concurrent care when they are treating the same patient for the same condition. For those Medicaid programs and commercial payers who follow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare guidelines, concurrent care is allowed if the physicians are responsible for a different aspect of the...

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