CPT: Office visit codes

Mar 2005 Issue
The Value of a Coding Education [Getting Paid]

The authors describe options for physicians and members of their staff who want to obtain certification in coding.

Jun 2004 Issue
Understanding When to Use 99211 [Feature]

This article provides specific guidelines and examples that explain why, how and when physicians should report CPT code 99211.

Sep 2003 Issue
Understanding When to Use the New Patient E/M Codes [Feature]

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."

Jan 2003 Issue
Coding Better for Better Reimbursement [Feature]

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).

Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
An Easy Way to Analyze E/M Coding for Group Practices [Getting Paid]

The author describes how practices can analyze their CPT coding distributions and determine whether they are billing for an appropriate range of services.

Oct 2001 Issue
How to Get All the 99214s You Deserve [Feature]

The article reviews the coding and documentation requirements for the 99214 office visit code.

Oct 2001 Issue
Five Ways of Looking at a 99214 [Editor's Page]

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.

Jul-Aug 2000 Issue
Coding Level-One Office Visits: A Refresher Course [Feature]

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.

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