ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
CPT: Office visit codes
The authors describe options for physicians and members of their staff who want to obtain certification in coding.
This article provides specific guidelines and examples that explain why, how and when physicians should report CPT code 99211.
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."
This article discusses the basics of CPT coding for office and hospital visits, giving special attention to the codes family physicians use most (established-patient office visit codes).
The author describes how practices can analyze their CPT coding distributions and determine whether they are billing for an appropriate range of services.
The article reviews the coding and documentation requirements for the 99214 office visit code.
A reflection on the issue's cover illustration, this editorial argues that what the illustration really shows is a reimbursement system that's completely out of whack.
The article presents a tool developed by the author to help family physicians better understand when to use the 99211 code, according to E/M guidelines.