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Interpreter Services

Use these codes and policies to bill L&I

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9988M Group interpretation
Includes service time between more than 1 client and provider; filling out forms and wait time. The time is divided between all clients participating in the group.
1 Unit = Fee per unit Limits Prior
approval?
1 minute

Effective July 1, 2014 = $0.82

Effective July 1, 2013 = $0.81

Effective July 1, 2012 = $0.80

Effective July 1, 2010 = $0.79

480 minutes/day
(8 hours)
No
Example: If 3 people are receiving a 60 minute group physical therapy session and the interpreter is assisting the physical therapist with all 3 people, the interpreter would bill 20 minutes per person.

9989M - Individual interpretation
Includes service time between client and provider; filling out forms and wait time.
1 Unit = Fee per unit Limits Prior
approval?
1 minute

Effective July 1, 2014 = $0.82

Effective July 1, 2013 = $0.81

Effective July 1, 2012 = $0.80

Effective July 1, 2010 = $0.79

480 minutes/day
(8 hours)
No

9986M - Mileage
If services are to more than 1 client, the mileage must be divided between all clients served.
1 Unit = Fee per unit Limits Prior
approval?
1 mile State Rate. See Office of Financial Management for private vehicle mileage rates (10.90.10.b) Mileage billed over 200 miles per claim, per day, will be reviewed. No

9996M - Interpreter "IME no show"
Wait time when injured worker does not attend the Independent Medical Exam (IME).
1 Unit = Fee per unit Limits Prior
approval?
Injured worker "no show" at IME

Effective July 1, 2014 = Flat fee $54.50

Effective July 1, 2013 = Flat fee $53.59

Effective July 1, 2012 = Flat fee $53.16

Effective July 1, 2008 - Flat fee $52.74

(Mileage to and from appointment is also paid.)

After "no show" occurs, call Scheduling Unit at 206-515-2799.
Only 1 "no show" per worker, per day.
Yes, IME must be requested by L&I or the self-insurer.


9997M - Document Translation
Can only be reimbursed if L&I or the self-insurer requests the translation.
1 Unit = Fee per unit Limits Prior
approval?
1 page By report Amount billed over $500 per claim will be reviewed. Yes, must be requested by L&I or the self-insurer.

To help you understand the billing requirements, you can review some sample billing scenarios here.

What is not covered by L&I or self-insurer?

The following services are not covered and may not be billed for reimbursement.

  • Services provided on a claim that has been closed or denied, except for:
    • When it's their first doctor visit or
    • Has a doctor's visit to reopen a claim.
  • A missed appointment for any service. (Only missed IME appointments which are requested by L&I or self-insurer are paid.)
  • Personal assistance on behalf of injured worker or crime victim such as:
    • Scheduling appointments,
    • Translating correspondence,
    • Making phone calls, etc.
  • Translating documents requested by the client or anyone else other than L&I or self-insurer.
  • Interpreting anything for the healthcare or vocational provider that does not relate to what L&I or the self-insured may need.
  • Travel time and travel related expenses, such as:
    • Meals,
    • Parking,
    • Lodging, etc.
  • Overhead costs, such as:
    • Phone calls,
    • Photocopying,
    • Preparation of bills, etc.

If you have questions, please contact Cecilia Maskell, mili235@lni.wa.gov, or call 360-902-5161.

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