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CPT: Evaluation and management codes
Don’t cheat yourself. That’s the health plan’s job.
This article describes changes in CPT codes for 2006 in the areas most likely to affect family physicians.
The article explains how physicians can better recognize when visits coded as 99213 in fact satisfy the requirements for coding 99214. The author's method involves focusing first on the medical decision-making component, which he says encapsulates the true essence of the patient-physician interaction.
A coding expert explains how and why modifier -25 can be used in family practice.
This article provides readers with step-by-step instructions for checking their E/M coding distribution with national guidelines established in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Family Practice Profile.
Here is what you need to know to code and be reimbursed for counseling and treating patients with depression.
Summary of relevant CPT changes for family physicians.
The article reviews the coding and documentation requirements for the 99214 office visit code and offers advice on proper coding.
The author explains the CPT definition of "new patient" and describes how to document and code new-patient visits in compliance with Medicare's "Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services."
The article explains how a physician's time spent providing a service can influence the level of coding in certain situations.