CPT 99211 Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, that may not require the presence of a physician or other qualified health care professional. Usually, the presenting problem(s) are minimal. Typically, 5 minutes are spent performing or supervising these services.
Billing Instructions: Bill 1 unit per visit.

CPT 99212 Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, which requires at least two of these three key components: a problem focused history; a problem focused examination; straightforward medical decision making. Counseling and/or coordination of care with other physicians, other qualified health care professionals, or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient’s and/or family’s needs. Usually, the presenting Problem(s) are self limited or minor. Typically, 10 minutes are spent face-to-face with the patient and/or family. Billing Instructions: Bill 1 unit per visit.

CPT 99213 Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, which requires at least two of these three key components: an expanded problem focused history; an expanded problem focused examination; medical decision making of low complexity. Counseling and/or coordination of care with other physicians, other qualified health care professionals, or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient’s and/or family’s needs. Usually, the presenting problem(s) are of low to moderate severity. Typically, 15 minutes are spent face-to-face with the patient and/or family. Billing Instructions: Bill 1 unit per visit.

CPT  99214 Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, which requires at least two of these three key components: a detailed history; a detailed examination; medical decision making of moderate complexity. Counseling and/or coordination of care with other physicians, other qualified health care professionals, or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient’s and/or family’s needs. Usually, the presenting problem(s) are of moderate to high severity. Typically, 25 minutes are spent face-to-face with the patient and/or family. Billing Instructions: Bill 1 unit per visit.

CPT 99215
Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, which requires at least two of these three key components: a comprehensive history; a comprehensive examination; medical decision making of high complexity. Counseling and/or coordination of care with other physicians, other qualified health care professionals, or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient’s and/or family’s needs. Usually, the presenting problem(s) are of moderate to high severity. Typically, 40 minutes are spent face-toface with the patient and/or family. Billing Instructions: Bill 1 unit per visit.

Key points to remember

The key components (elements of service) of evaluation & management (E/M) services are:

1. History
2. Examination
3. Medical decision-making.

When billing office or other outpatient services for established patients, two of the three key components must be fully documented in order to bill (other than 99211). When counseling and/or coordination of care dominates (more than 50 percent) the physician patient and/or family encounter (face-to-face time in the office or other outpatient setting), then time may be considered the key or controlling factor to qualify for a particular level of E/M services. The extent of such time must be documented in the medical record.

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and requirements

99211 – 5 minutes (average)

• Patient presenting with minimal problems
• Three components not required

99212 – 10 minutes (average)

• Problem focused history. Documentation needed:
• Chief complaint
• Brief history of present illness
• Problem focused examination. Documentation needed:
• Limited examination of the affected body area or organ system
• Medical decision making that is straightforward. Documentation needed (two of three below must be met or exceeded):
• Minimal number of diagnoses or management options
• None or minimal amount and/or complexity of data to be reviewed
• Minimal risk of significant complications, morbidity and/or mortality

99213 – 15 minutes (average)

• Expanded problem focused history. Documentation needed:
• Chief complaint
• Brief history of present illness
• Problem pertinent review of systems
• Expanded problem focused examination. Documentation needed:
• Limited examination of the affected body area or organ system and any other symptomatic or related body area(s) or organ system(s)
• Medical decision making that is of low complexity. Documentation needed (two of three below must be met or exceeded):
• Limited number of diagnoses or management options
• Limited amount and/or complexity of data to be reviewed
• Low risk of significant complications, morbidity and/or mortality

99214 – 25 minutes (average)

• Detailed history. Documentation needed:
• Chief complaint
• Extended history of present illness
• Extended review of systems
• Pertinent past, family and/or social history
• Detailed examination. Documentation needed:
• Extended examination of the affected body area(s) or organ system(s) and any other symptomatic or related body area(s) or organ system(s)
• Medical decision making that is of moderate complexity. Documentation needed (two of three below must be met or exceeded):
• Multiple number of diagnoses or management options
• Moderate amount and/or complexity of data to be reviewed
• Moderate risk of significant complications, morbidity and/or mortality

99215 – 40 minutes (average)


• Comprehensive history. Documentation needed:
• Chief complaint
• Extended history of present illness
• Complete review of systems
• Complete past, family, and social history
• Comprehensive examination. Documentation needed:
• A general multi-system examination OR complete examination of single organ system and other symptomatic or related body area(s) or eight or more organ system(s)
• Medical decision making that is of high complexity. Documentation needed (two of three below must be met or exceeded):
• Extensive number of diagnoses or management options
• Extensive amount and/or complexity of data to be reviewed

• High risk of significant complications, morbidity and/or mortality


An important guideline to remember when reporting office visits other than counseling and coordination of care is that only two of the three key components must be reported. 

 The following is a summary of the requirements for codes 99211 – 99215.

99211: 5 minutes and may not require the presence of a physician


99212: 10 minutes
A problem focused history
A problem focused examination
Straight forward decision making


99213: 15 minutes
An expanded problem focused history
An expanded problem focused examination
Medical decision making of low complexity


99214: 25 minutes
A detailed history
A detailed examination
Medical decision making of moderate complexity

99215: 40 minutes
A comprehensive history
A comprehensive examination
Medical decision making of high complexity

History and physical examination skills and documentation guidelines we were taught in medical training tend to produce a very high quality of medical care. But these do not always meet the guidelines in the multiple medical record components that are required by CPT coding system for E/M coding. To be more efficient and improve reimbursements, physicians must have a better understanding of the Current Procedural Terminology requirements. Future discussions in this section of the AHS website will include a comprehensive discussion of the three key components of CPT coding: History, Examination, and Medical Decision Making, as well as a review of the importance of understanding the Nature of the Presenting Problem in ensuring proper coding. The fourth quarterly future topic in this series will be devoted to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD – 9-CM) coding.

History type ofpatient type of history details of History new est. HPI ROS other history

99211 M.D. presence not required, minimal problem, typically 5 minute service
99201 99212 problem focused brief (1-3 elements)
99202 99213 exp. prob. focused brief (1-3 elements) prob. pertinent (1 system)
99203 99214 detailed ext. (=4 elements) extended (2-9 systems) pertinent (1 area)
99204 comprehensive ext. (=4 elements) complete (=10 systems) complete (= 2 areas)
99205 99215 comprehensive ext. (=4 elements) complete (=10 systems) complete (= 2 areas)

Examination type ofpatient type of exam details of Examination new est.

99211 exam may not be necessary
99201 99212 problem focused limited – affected area or organ system
99202 99213 exp. prob. focused limited – affected area / organ system + other related / symptomatic areas
99203 99214 detailed extended of affected area / organ system + related / symptomatic areas
99204 comprehensive general multi-system exam or complete exam of single organ system
99205 99215 comprehensive general multi-system exam or complete exam of single organ system Medical Decision Making type ofpatient type of details of Medical Decision Making new est.

decision making # of diagnoses / management options amount/complexity of data risk of complications / morbidity / mortality

99211 may not require medical decision making
99201 straightforward minimal minimal minimal
99202 99212 straightforward minimal minimal minimal
99203 99213 low complexity limited limited low
99204 99214 moderate complex. multiple multiple moderate
99205 99215 high complexity extensive extensive high

Note: for new patients, all three key components must meet or exceed the above requirements for a given level of service; for established patients, two of the three key components must meet or exceed the requirements. Details of History Details of Examination HPI elements (8): ROS systems (14): body areas: organ systems: location symptoms (e.g. cough) head, including face constitutional quality eyes neck (vital signs, general)

severity ears/nose/throat/mouth chest, inc. breasts, axillae eyes duration cardiovascular abdomen ears, nose, throat, mouth timing respiratory genitalia, groin, buttocks cardiovascular context gastrointestinal back, including spine respiratory modifying factors genitourinary each extremity gastrointestinal assoc. signs/symptoms musculoskeletal genitourinary integumentary musculoskeletal  other history areas neurologic integumentary (req. for 99203/14 & up) psychiatric neurologic past history endocrine psychiatric family history hematologic/lymphatic hematologic/lymphatic social history  allergic/immunologic /immunologic

• four additional factors may be considered in determining the appropriate code (level of service) for a visit:
1. nature of the presenting problem (minimal, self-limited/minor, low, moderate, or high severity)
2. coordination of care with other health care professionals *
3. counseling *
4. time – see chart below for “typical” time spent face-to-face with patient/family for the various levels of service
5 min. 10 min. 15 min. 20 min. 25 min. 30 min. 40 min. 45 min. 60 min. new patient 99201 99202 99203 99204 99205 est. patient 99211 99212 99213 99214 99215
* when counseling or coordination of care comprises more than 50% of the visit or service rendered, time is the key factor in determining the appropriate code and the total time spent should be clearly documented.

Patient Status

The status of a patient must be verified for correct coding and billing. There are four categories:

1. New: A new patient is someone who has not received any professional services from the physician, or another physician of the same specialty who belongs to the same group practice, within the past three years.

2. Established: An established patient is someone who has received any professional service from a physician in group or same specialty within the past three years.

1. New patients, consultations, inpatient and emergency room visits MUST have all three key components (e.g., History, Examination and Medical Decision Making) to meet an E/M level of service.

2. Established patients and subsequent inpatient visit MUST have two out of three key components (e.g., History, Examination and Medical Decision Making) to meet the appropriate level of E/M service.

Time

Time can be the controlling factor to qualify for a particular level of E/M visit. This can occur when counseling and/ or coordination of care dominates (more than 50%) the physician/patient and/or family encounter (face-to-face in the office or outpatient setting, floor/unit time in the hospital or nursing facility). For example, if 25 minutes was spent face-to-face with an established patient in the office and more than half of that time was spent counseling the patient or coordinating his or her care, CPT® code 99214 should be selected.

New Patient

E/M codes are divided into two categories, new or established patient for office visits. A new patient is one who has not received any professional services from the physician or another physician of the same specialty who belongs to the same group practice within the past three years. An established patient is one who has received professional services from the physician or another physician of the same specialty who belongs to the same group practice within the past three years.

Established Patient

99211 Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient that may not require the presence of a physician. Usually the presenting problem(s) are minimal. Typically, five minutes are spent performing or supervising these services.

Example: A patient returns to the office three days later to have PPD test evaluated and for instructions on self-administration of TNF-alpha inhibitor. The RN evaluates the PPD test and informs the rheumatologist that it is negative. The rheumatologist instructs RN to proceed with teaching patient self-administration of TNF-alpha inhibitor and provides RN with prescription for TNF-alpha inhibitor to give to patient. RN instructs patient on selfadministration of TNF-alpha inhibitor and patient is scheduled to return to office next week to give self TNF-alpha inhibitor injection under supervision of RN. The patient will return for routine E/M follow-up visit in one month.

The physician does not personally see patient during this visit, but is present in the office suite

99212 Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient which requires at least two of the following three key components:

1. A problem-focused history
• Chief complaint
• Brief history of present illness
2. A problem-focused examination
• A limited exam of affected body area or organ system
3. Straightforward medical decision making
• Minimal number of diagnoses/management options
• Minimal (or no) amount/complexity of data obtained, reviewed and analyzed
• Minimal risk of complications/morbidity/mortality

Counseling and/or coordination of care with other providers or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient’s and/or family’s needs. Usually the presenting problem(s) are self-limited or minor. Physicians typically spend 10 minutes face-to-face with the patient and/or family.

Example: This is a follow-up visit for a 35-year-old male seen before for pain and loss of motion in his right shoulder. He returns for follow-up after a course of medication, an intraarticular injection and physical therapy. Review of test results and a physical examination reveal that the patient is now better. The patient is told to return only if a new problem occurs.

99213 Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient which requires at least two of the following three key components
:

1. An expanded problem-focused history
• Chief complaint
• Brief history of present illness
• Problem pertinent system review
2. An expanded problem-focused examination
• A limited exam of affected body area or organ system and other symptomatic or related organ systems
3. Medical decision making of low complexity
• Limited number of diagnoses/management options
• Limited amount/complexity of data obtained, reviewed and analyzed
• Low risk of complications/morbidity/mortality

Example: A 68-year-old woman comes in for a follow-up office visit; she has polymyalgia rheumatica maintained on chronic low-dose corticosteroids. The history reveals no increase in the shoulder or hip pain. There has been some mild weight gain and bruising while on the medication. A limited examination was performed. The patient was instructed on long-term prognosis of PMR and steroid side effects. Laboratory tests were ordered. 99214 Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient which requires at least two of the following three key components:

1. A detailed history
• Chief complaint
• Extended history of present illness
• Problem pertinent system review extended to include a review of a limited number of additional systems
• Pertinent past, family, and/or social history directly related to the patient’s problems
2. A detailed examination
• Extended exam of affected body area(s) and other symptomatic/related organ system(s)
3. Medical decision making of moderate complexity
• Multiple number of diagnoses/management options
• Moderate amount/complexity of data reviewed
• Moderate risk of complications/morbidity/mortality

Counseling and/or coordination of care with other providers or agencies are provided, consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient’s and/or family’s needs. Usually the presenting problem(s) are of moderate to high severity. Physicians typically spend 25 minutes face-to-face with the patient and/or family.

99215 Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient which requires at least two of the following three key components:

1. A comprehensive history
• Chief complaint
• Extended history of present illness
• Review of systems which is directly related to the problem(s) identified in the history of present illness plus a  review of all additional body systems.
• Complete past, family, and/or social history

2. A comprehensive examination
•  A general multi-system exam or a complete exam of a single organ system

3. Medical decision making of high complexity
• Extensive number of diagnoses/management options
• Extensive amount/complexity of data obtained, reviewed and analyzed
• High risk of complications/morbidity/mortality

Counseling and/or coordination of care with other providers or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient’s and/or family’s needs. Usually the presenting problem(s) are of moderate to high severity. Physicians typically spend 40 minutes face-to-face with the patient and/or family



New & Established Office Visits

New Patient Office and Consultations:

• Must have documentation inall three categoriesof history, exam, and medical decision making to meet level of service OR

• May satisfy criteria by documentation of time when counseling and/or coordination of care is greater than 50% of the total time taken Definition of a “New Patient”

• CMS Definition:

“One who has not received a face-to-face evaluation and management service or procedure from a physician, or colleague of the same specialty (or subspecialty; AMA 2012) who belongs to the same group practice within the past 3 years. New patient status does not apply to admissions, critical care services or ER.”

• Based on Payor credentialing

• Mid-levels are non-designated (specialty) in most states Established Patients:

• Must have documentation inat least two categoriesof history, exam and medical decision making OR

• May satisfy criteria by documentation of time when counseling and/or coordination of care is greater than 50% of the total time taken

D. Use of Highest Levels of Evaluation and Management Codes Contractors must advise physicians that to bill the highest levels of visit codes, the services furnished must meet the definition of the code (e.g., to bill a Level 5 new patient visit, the history must meet CPT’s definition of a comprehensive history).

The comprehensive history must include a review of all the systems and a complete past (medical and surgical) family and social history obtained at that visit. In the case of an established patient, it is acceptable for a physician to review the existing record and update it to reflect only changes in the patient’s medical, family, and social history from the last encounter, but the physician must review the entire history for it to be considered a comprehensive history.

Summary of Criteria – Established Patient Established CPTCode (2 of 3 required) History Exam Decision

99211 (5 min) 1 HPI 1 body area or organ systems Straightforward

99212 (10 min) (1 stable condition or self limiting problem) 1 HPI 1 body area or organ systems Straightforward

99213 (15 min) (2 stable conditions or acute uncomplicated illness or injury) 2-3 HPI and 1 ROS 2-4 Body areas or organ systems Low

99214 (25 min) (worsening problem, undiagnosed new problem, or several existing problems) 4 or more elements or status of 3 chronic conditions; 2 to 9 ROS; and 1 PFSH 5-7 body areas or organ systems Moderate

99215 (40 min) (one or more chronic illness w/severe exacerbation, life threatening) 4 or more elements or status of 3 chronic conditions; 10 to 14 ROS; and 2 PFSH 8 or more organ systems High

Counseling and Coordination of Care

Clinical Example

Established Patient Times
• 99211 = 5
• 99212 = 10
• 99213 = 15
• 99214 = 25
• 99215 = 40

Example of C & CC

• Patient returns for MRI results and discussion of treatment regarding her breast cancer. We discussed the role of chemotherapy and benefits of the current clinical trials. Patient understands side effects and consents to start treatment next week. Spent a total of 20 minutes with the patient, over half of which was counseling on treatment options.

• 99213 based on time.

Preoperative and Postoperative Billing Errors

Preoperative and postoperative billing errors occur when E&M services are billed with surgical procedures during their preoperative and postoperative periods. ClaimCheck bases the preoperative and postoperative periods on designations in the CMS National Physician Fee Schedule. For example, if a provider submits procedure code 99212 (Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, which requires at least 2 of these 3 key components: A problem focused history; A problem focused examination; Straightforward medical decision making [10 minutes]) with a DOS of 11/02/08 and procedure 27750 (Closed treatment of tibial shaft fracture [with or without fibular fracture]; without manipulation) with a DOS of 11/03/08, ClaimCheck will deny procedure code 99212 as a preoperative visit because it is submitted with a DOS one day prior to the DOS for procedure code 27750.


Services Provided by Ancillary Providers

Claims for services provided through telemedicine by ancillary providers should continue to be submitted under the supervising physician’s NPI (National Provider Identifier) using the lowest appropriate level office or outpatient visit procedure code or other appropriate CPT code for the service performed. These services must be provided under the direct on-site supervision of a physician and documented in the same manner as face-to-face services. Coverage is limited to procedure codes 99211 or 99212, as appropriate.

Primary Care Treatment and Follow-up Care for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Initial primary care treatment and follow-up care are covered for members with mental health and/or substance abuse needs provided by primary care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Wisconsin Medicaid will reimburse the previously listed providers for CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) E&M (evaluation and management) services (procedure codes 99201-99205 and 99211-99215) with an ICD-9-CM (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification) diagnosis code applicable for mental health and/or substance abuse services. As a reminder, these services may be eligible for HPSAs (Health Professional Shortage Areas) and pediatric enhanced reimbursements. Refer to the latest edition of CPT or to the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) 1995 or 1997 Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management Services via the CMS Web site for guidelines for determining the appropriate level of E&M services.

Since counseling may constitute a significant portion of the E&M services delivered to a member with mental health and/or substance abuse diagnoses, providers are required to fully document the percentage of the E&M time that involved counseling. This documentation is necessary to justify the level of E&M visit. Claims for services delivered by ancillary staff under the direct, on-site supervision of a primary care physician must be submitted under the NPI (National Provider Identifier) of the supervising physician. Coverage and reimbursement are limited to CPT code 99211 or 99212 as appropriate.


Tobacco Cessation Drugs and Services

Tobacco cessation services are reimbursed as part of an E&M (evaluation and management) office visit provided by a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and ancillary staff. Services must be one-on-one, face-to-face between the provider and the member. BadgerCare Plus does not cover group sessions or telephone conversations between the provider and member under the E&M procedure codes. Tobacco cessation services covered under BadgerCare Plus and Wisconsin Medicaid include outpatient substance abuse services or outpatient mental health services, as appropriate. Tobacco cessation services covered under the BadgerCare Plus Core Plan include medically necessary E&M visits, as appropriate.

Ancillary staff can provide tobacco cessation services only when under the direct, on-site supervision of a Medicaid-enrolled physician. When ancillary staff provide tobacco cessation services, BadgerCare Plus reimburses up to a level-two office visit (CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) code 99212). The supervising provider is required to be listed as the rendering provider on the claim.

Health Professional Shortage Area-Eligible Procedure Codes Providers may submit claims with HPSA modifier “AQ” (Physician providing a service in a HPSA). While the modifier is defined for physicians only, any Medicaid HPSA-eligible provider may use them with the following procedure codes

Bundling Guidelines of Consult code to 99211 – 99215 – bcbs insurance

BCBSNC will replace a code billed for a subsequent office or other outpatient consultation within 6 months of the initial office or other outpatient consultation by the same provider for the same member with the appropriate level of established office visit. The crosswalk is as follows:

99241 to 99212
99242 to 99212
99243 to 99213
99244 to 99214
99245 to 99215

Office Visits – Office services provided on an emergency basis (99058) are considered mutually exclusive to the primary services provided.

Office visit (99211) is considered mutually exclusive to 95115-95117(allergen immunotherapy). Separate reimbursement is not allowed for mutually exclusive services. Pap Smears – Obtaining a pap smear is integral to the office visit. This includes both preventive and routine office visits. Separate reimbursement is not allowed for Q0091.

Pathologists – Claims submitted by pathologists (provider specialty 29) for clinical interpretation of laboratory results will be allowed for codes 83020, 84165, 84166, 84181, 84182, 85060, 85390, 85576, 86255, 86256, 86320, 86325, 86327, 86334, 86335, 87164, and 87207. Pathology interpretation of all other codes in the 80002-87999 range is considered integral to the laboratory test. Separate reimbursement is not allowed for integral services.

Pulse Oximetry – Pulse oximeters are considered incidental to office visits or procedures. Separate reimbursement is not provided for incidental procedures.

Respiratory Treatments – Demonstration and/or evaluation of patient utilization of an aerosol generator, nebulizer, metered dose inhaler or IPPB devise is considered mutually exclusive to an office visit. Separate reimbursement is not provided for mutually exclusive services.

Robotic Surgical Systems – Payment for new technology is based on the outcome of the treatment rather than the “technology” involved in the procedure. Additional reimbursement is not provided for the robotic surgical technique.

STAT or After Hours Laboratory Charges – Additional charges for STAT or after hours laboratory services are considered an integral part of the laboratory charge.

Surgical Supplies – Surgical supplies will be considered incidental to Surgical; Laboratory; Inpatient, Outpatient or Office Medical Evaluation and Management; and Consultation services. Surgical dressings applied in the provider’s office are considered incidental to the professional services of the health care practitioner and are not separately payable. Surgical dressings billed in the provider’s office (place of service 11) will be denied.

Surgical trays and miscellaneous medical and/or surgical supplies are generally considered incidental to all medical, chemotherapy, surgery, and radiology services, including those performed in the office setting.

Supplies (except those related to splinting and casting) are considered components of the 0, 10, and 90- day global surgical package, and are not separately billable on the same date of service as the 0, 10, or 90-day procedure.

Supplies are not covered when they do not require a prescription and can be purchased by the member over-the-counter or when they are given to the member as take-home supplies. Medical and/or surgical supplies, such as dressings and packings, used during the course  of an office visit are generally considered incidental to the office visit.

Compression/pressure garments, elastic stockings, support hose, foot coverings, leotards, knee supports, surgical leggings, gauntlets, and pressure garments for the arms and hands are examples of items that are not ordinarily covered.

Transvaginal Ultrasound – Transvaginal ultrasound (76830) is considered mutually exclusive to a hysterosonography with or without color flow Doppler (76831). Venipuncture – Refer to policy “Code Bundling Rules Not Addressed in Claim Check.”

Vision Services – Determination of refractive state (92015) performed incidental to a medical eye exam is permissible and may be covered when performed outside of any global allowance and subject to member benefits.

X-Rays – When single view and double view chest X-Rays are billed together (71010 and 71020), only the double view X-Ray is allowed. When the entire spine, survey study is billed (72082) with cervical spine films (72040), thoracic spine films (72070) or lumbosacral spine films (72100) only the entire spine, survey study code is allowed. When a single view X-Ray code is billed with a multiple view XRay code, only the multiple view X-Ray code is allowed (e.g., 72020 with 72040, 72070, or 72100). Only one professional and one technical component are allowable per X-Ray.

Examples of billable and non-billable prolonged services follow with CPT 99213 and 99212

 Billable Prolonged Services

EXAMPLE 1

A physician performed a visit that met the definition of an office visit CPT code 99213 and the total duration of the direct face-to-face services (including the visit) was 65 minutes. The physician bills CPT code 99213 and one unit of code 99354.

EXAMPLE 2
A physician performed a visit that met the definition of a domiciliary, rest home care visit CPT code 99327 and the total duration of the direct face-to-face contact (including the visit) was 140 minutes. The physician bills CPT codes 99327, 99354, and one unit of code 99355.

EXAMPLE 3

A physician performed an office visit to an established patient that was predominantly counseling, spending 75 minutes (direct face-to-face) with the patient. The physician bills CPT code 99215 and one unit of code 99354. ?

Non-billable Prolonged Services

EXAMPLE 1

A physician performed a visit that met the definition of visit code 99212 and the total duration of the direct face-to-face contact (including the visit) was 35 minutes. The physician cannot bill prolonged services because the total duration of direct face-toface service did not meet the threshold time for billing prolonged services.

EXAMPLE 2

A physician performed a visit that met the definition of code 99213 and, while the patient was in the office receiving treatment for 4 hours, the total duration of the direct face-to-face service of the physician was 40 minutes. The physician cannot bill prolonged services because the total duration of direct face-to-face service did not meet the threshold time for billing prolonged services.

EXAMPLE 3

A physician provided a subsequent office visit that was predominantly counseling, spending 60 minutes (face-to-face) with the patient. The physician cannot code 99214, which has a typical time of 25 minutes, and one unit of code 99354. The physician must bill the highest level code in the code family (99215 which has 40 minutes typical/average time units associated with it). The additional time spent beyond this code is 20 minutes and does not meet the threshold time for billing prolonged services.

Finally, you should remember that Medicare contractors will not pay (nor can you bill the patient) for prolonged services codes 99358 and 99359, which do not require any direct patient face-to-face contact (e.g., telephone calls). These are Medicare covered services and payment is included in the payment for other billable services.



Medical billing code 99213

This Medical billing code 99213 address audits the method code definition, advancement note illustrations, RVU values, national dispersion information and clarifies when this code ought to be utilized as a part of the healing center setting. CPT remains for Current Procedural Terminology. This code is a piece of a group of therapeutic charging codes depicted by the numbers Medical billing code 99213 speaks to the center (level 3) office or other outpatient set up office patient visit and is a piece of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). This technique code address for built up office patient visits is a piece of a complete arrangement of CPT® addresses composed without anyone else. I am a board affirmed inner solution doctor with more than ten years of clinical hospitalist involvement in a group hospitalist project giving doctor administrations to a vast local healing center framework. I have composed my accumulation of assessment and administration (E/M) addresses throughout the years to help doctors and other non-doctor professionals (medical caretaker experts, clinical attendant masters, confirmed medical caretaker birthing specialists and doctor partners) comprehend the unpredictable and obsolete universe of healing facility and center based coding prerequisites.

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99213 MEDICAL CODE DESCRIPTION

Office or other outpatient visit for the assessment and administration of a built up patient, which requires no less than two of these three segments: An extended issue centered history; An extended issue centered examination; Medical choice making of low unpredictability. Directing and coordination of consideration with different suppliers or organizations are given predictable the way of the problem(s) and the understanding’s and/or family’s necessities. For the most part, the exhibiting problem(s) are of low to direct seriousness. Doctors ordinarily burn through 15 minutes up close and personal with the patient and/or crew.

A built up patient is characterized as a person who has gotten proficient administrations from a specialist or another specialist of precisely the same and subspecialty who fit in with the same gathering practice inside of the previous three years.

This medicinal charging code can be charged in light of time when certain necessities are met. Documentation of time is not required to stay consistent with CMS regulations. In the event that charged without time as a thought, CPT® 99213 documentation ought to be bolstered by the 1995 or 1997 E/M rules referenced previously. The three critical coding parts for a built up outpatient center note are the:

History

Physical Exam

Medicinal Decision Making Complexity

For all settled office patient charging codes (99211-99215), the most noteworthy recorded two out of three above parts decides the right level of administration code. Contrast this and the prerequisite for the most elevated reported three out of three above parts for new office patient consideration experiences (99201-99205). Once more, just the most elevated two out of three parts are expected to decide the right level of tend to CPT® 99213. The accompanying examination points of interest the base prerequisites important to stay agreeable with CPT® 99213. Furthermore, as with all E/M experiences, an eye to eye experience is constantly required. Then again, on account of outpatient center codes, Medicare allows episode to charging, where the administration is given by somebody other than the doctor. On the off chance that sure prerequisites are met, the doctor may gather 100% of passable charges in these circumstances. Administrations charged occurrence to are charged under the doctor’s supplier number.Medical billing code 99213 Extended issue centered history: Requires just 1-3 parts for the historical backdrop of present sickness (HPI) OR documentation of the status of THREE unending restorative conditions. No past restorative history or social history or family history is required. Just 1 issue apropos audit of frameworks (ROS), that asks about the framework identified with the issue recognized in the HPI, is required.

Extended issue centered examination: 1997 rules require documentation of no less than six components recognized by a slug in one or more organ systems(s) or body area(s). 1995 rules require a restricted examination of the influenced body region or organ framework and other symptomatic or related organ system(s). The CMS E&M guide on pages 31 and 32 portrays the adequate body ranges and organ frameworks on physical exam.

Therapeutic choice making of low intricacy (MDM): This is split into three parts. The 2 out of 3 most elevated amounts in MDM are utilized to decide the general level of MDM. The level is dictated by a perplexing arrangement of focuses and hazard. What are the three parts of MDM and what are the base required number of focuses and hazard level as characterized by the Marshfield Clinic review instrument?

Finding (2 focuses)

Information (2 focuses)

Danger (low);

The restorative choice making point framework is exceedingly mind boggling. I have a point by point reference to it on my E/M pocket cards depicted underneath. These cards offer me some assistance with understanding what kind of consideration my documentation underpins. I convey these trick sheet cards with me at all times and reference every one of them day long. As a hospitalist who performs E/M benefits solely, these cards have kept me from under and over charging a huge number of times throughout the most recent decade.

CLINICAL EXAMPLES OF 99213

What are some advancement note documentation illustrations for a CPT® 99213, the level 3 built up patient visit in an office or other outpatient setting? Most specialists utilize the subject, goal, appraisal and arrangement (SOAP) note group. A 99213 note could resemble this:

S) No more stomach torment (1 HPI). Gentle Nausea (1 issue relevant ROS)

O) 120/80 Tmax 98.9 (three fundamental signs = one slug) guts no masses; lungs clear; heart no mumble; legs no edema; skin no impulsive. (no less than 6 downright shots)

A) Nothing required

P) Nothing required

In this sample history (subjective) and physical (goal) meet the prerequisites to get paid for a 99213. Keep in mind, the most elevated 2 out of 3 segments decide the largest amount of administration for set up patients in the center or other outpatient setting. Do note that connecting an ICD code to a CPT® restorative code is required for all visits submitted to CMS for repayment. Accordingly, most advance notes ought to give no less than one ICD code to unmistakably show a reason for the visit. I think this is important to meet the sensible and vital edge, unless that can be derived from other diagram documentation. Medicare wouldn’t like to pay for specialists to discuss legislative issues with their patients. There must dependably be an endorsed ICD code connected with the CPT® restorative code when charged to CMS and most other insurance agencies.Medical billing code 99213

Here is another clinical case of a SOAP note for a CPT® 99213 set up patient facility visit:

S)No SOB (1 issue appropriate ROS)

O) 120/80 Tmax 98.9 (three basic signs = one projectile) guts no masses; lungs clear; heart no mumble; legs no edema; skin no impulsive. (no less than 6 all out shots)

A)HTN-stable, no progressions arranged.

DM-stable, no progressions arranged.

COPD-stable, no progressions arranged. (the status of three endless medicinal conditions set up of HPI)

P) Nothing

As you probably are aware, reporting the status of three incessant restorative conditions can substitute for the HPI. Include one issue correlated audit of framework and this is the base history

The going to doctor ought to look over the perception gathering of therapeutic codes 99218-99220 for the introductory experience, 99224-99226 for perception status subsequent codes, and 99217 for perception release. Under specific circumstances, same day concede and release charging codes 99234-99236 or basic consideration method

Medical code 99214 , if charged effectively, can build income for the practice. By just utilizing CPT code 99212 and CPT code 99213 numerous suppliers are losing a huge number of dollars in true blue income yearly. Which can be maintained a strategic distance from with the right charging of the 99214 E/M Code.

The CPT meaning of another patient experienced unpretentious changes in 2012. Sadly, CMS did not change their definition to stay adjusted to these progressions. This distinction in dialect has brought on awesome disarray for some qualified human services specialists attempting to stay agreeable with the mind boggling standards and regulations of E&M.

Another patient is one who has not got any expert administrations from the doctor/qualified social insurance proficient or another doctor/qualified medicinal services proficient of precisely the same and subspecialty who fits in with the same gathering practice, inside of the previous three years.

 CPT Code 99214,99213 E/M Coding Established Office Patient Correctly for Medicare Reimbursement

Medical code 99214 is allocated to the therapeutic administration that agrees to the accompanying necessities:

The patient is a set up one, which means is not their first visit.

It must be an outpatient visit, which means it must not consolidate a day of clinic time.

It must meet or surpass to of the accompanying three focuses:

A point by point therapeutic history

A point by point therapeutic exam

A therapeutic choice that involves moderate multifaceted nature.

The seriousness of the issue that conveys the patient to the center must be from a moderate to a high one. 5. What’s more, last, the specialist and the patient ought to have a greatest of 25 minutes acknowledgment.

Medical code 99214

CPT code 99214 Increases Medicare Revenue

Medicare and other Insurance are satisfied to pay the lesser cash to suppliers on the off chance that they (the specialists) are willing to under utilize the CPT code 99214. The way to utilizing this code accurately is to comprehend the best possible use and the parts required to completely catch the most out of the majority of your experiences. As a supplier, you will be compensated the your rewards for all the hard work when you set aside an ideal opportunity to take in the parts of this code and utilize it appropriately.

When you consider CPT code 99214 it has a higher return rate connected to it, be that as it may, it must fall under the domain of a moderate unpredictability to a high seriousness issue. The doctor, if utilizing time as a variable more likely than not spent no less than 25 minutes in an eye to eye situation with the patient. In any case, the time part is just an aide and not totally required if the segments are incorporated into the visit and the required therapeutic need is available. The doctor must have the capacity to outfit the a few ranges which incorporate history, physical exam and therapeutic choice making with the best possible documentation when petitioning for the CPT code 99214.

The patient experience, made out of an itemized history, nitty gritty patient exam and moderate many-sided quality in the restorative choice making will legitimize the utilization of CPT code 99214 the length of the medicinal need is evident.

For instance, you have a set up office tolerant with hypertension, diabetes and a background marked by dyslipidemia who you are seeing on follow up in the workplace. Under the 1997 rules you can utilize three constant and stable conditions to fit the bill for the higher code inside of the history segment.

Archive the drugs and the survey of frameworks alongside the best possible past medicinal, family and social history and the first segment is met. Record the best possible physical exam utilizing proper organ framework approach six regions with two slugs each and you have met the necessity for the many-sided quality on this region.

As of right now, actually you have come to the level 4 criteria since there just should be two out of three parts required for a built up patient.

On the other hand, we feel that it is hard to not have a restorative choice making segment so we incorporate that into our advancement note. You can record the lab results for the patient and further set the visit to qualify at the higher code. For whatever length of time that the restorative need is available to legitimize the work done amid the visit the coding can be at the larger amount.

99214 versus 99213 CPT Codes Billing

In above Example, most suppliers will code the illustration as a CPT 99213, on the other hand, the qualifiers are available for the higher 99214 code.

While assessing three distinctive medicinal issues, for example, Hypertension, Diabetes and Hyperlipidemia, utilizing the 1997 standards, you have met the restorative need segment also, because of the need to screen these illnesses and help the patient with his/her control.

Be that as it may, meeting the correct criteria required to code the experience will empower a restorative biller to get the prizes for the his vocation and his practice. It additionally get to be vital, becaue now days Medical Billing and Coding Business are confronting potential cuts in the repayments for the administrations the bill.