Occupational Therapist (OT) - PT (88) (889)

​Independent occupational therapist (OT) services are recognized in Kentucky Medicaid as Provider Type (88) individual or (889) group.  To enroll and bill Kentucky Medicaid, OT service providers must be:

  • Licensed in the state in which they operate. In Kentucky, OT service providers must be licensed with the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Occupational Therapy per KRS 319A.080
  • Enrolled as an active Medicaid provider and, if applicable, enrolled with the managed care organization (MCO) of any beneficiary it serves.

Covered Services

If medically necessary, OT services are the assessment and intervention to develop, recover or maintain the meaningful activities or occupations of individuals, groups or communities. To receive services from an OT, an order must be signed by a KY Medicaid participating physician, advanced practitioner registered nurse, physician assistant or psychiatrist. (when applicable).  A beneficiary may receive 20 visits per calendar year,

An OT provider must meet the coverage provisions and requirements of 907 KAR 8:010 to provide covered services. All services must be performed within the scope of practice for any provider. Just because a service is listed in the administrative regulation does not guarantee payment of the service. Providers must follow Kentucky Medicaid regulations and requirements of the MCO for which it participates. All services must be medically necessary.

Verifying eligibility

Verify eligibility by contacting the automated voice response system toll-free at (800) 807-1301 or use the web-based KYHealth-Net System.


Reimbursement for OT services is provided in 907 KAR 8:015 and the OT Rate Schedule. 

Duplication of Service

 If a beneficiary is receiving an occupational therapy service from an occupational therapist enrolled with the Medicaid Program, the department will not reimburse for the same occupational therapy service provided to the same beneficiary during the same time period via the home health program.

Prior Authorizations

907 KAR 8:010 Section 2(2b) states the limits may be exceeded if services are determined to be medically necessary. Prior authorization by the department is required for each OT service that exceeds the limit for a beneficiary who is not enrolled with a MCO. CareWise provides prior authorizations for any fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries. Each MCO provides prior authorization for its beneficiaries.

Claims Submission

Kentucky Medicaid currently contracts with Gainwell Technologies to process the Kentucky Medicaid FFS claims. Each MCO processes its own claims.


KY Medicaid uses the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits as well as the McKesson Claim Check System to verify codes mutually exclusive or incidental. KY Medicaid also uses Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding system (HCPCS) codes. KY Medicaid requires the use of ICD-10 codes on all claims submitted for reimbursement. KY Medicaid requires the use of CMS 1500 billing forms. Providers must bill KY Medicaid using the correct CPT codes.

Claim Appeals

Appeal requests made on denied FFS claims must be submitted to Gainwell Technologies. The request must include the reason for the request along with a hard copy claim. Please refer to the MCO if appealing an MCO claim.

Timely Filing

Claims must be received within 12 months of the date of service or 6 months from the Medicare pay date, whichever is longer, or within 12 months of the last Kentucky Medicaid denial. Please refer to the MCO if appealing an MCO claim.

Provider Contact Information

If you can't find the information you need or have additional questions, please direct your inquiries to:

Provider MCO Information

Report Fraud and Abuse

  • (800) 372-2970


  • KRC 319A Occupational Therapists
  • KRS 319A.080 License required for the practice of occupational therapy or use of title occupational therapist -- Training requirements for use of deep physical agent modalities.
  • 907 KAR Cabinet for Health and Family Services - DMS Title page
  • 907 KAR 3:130 Medical necessity and clinically appropriate determination basis
  • 907 KAR 8:010 Independent occupational therapy service coverage
  • 907 KAR 8:015 Occupational therapy service reimbursement

Provider Resources

Provider Letters


Billing Information

Fee and Rate Schedules

Contact Information