CODING & DOCUMENTATION

 

Fam Pract Manag. 2018 Jul-Aug;25(4):31.

Author disclosure: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed.

MEDICARE BILLING FOR WELL-WOMAN EXAMS

Q

If a Medicare beneficiary requests a well-woman exam, which codes should I report?

A

If a patient requests a routine health exam rather than a “Welcome to Medicare” visit (G0402) or an annual wellness visit (AWV) (G0438 - G0439), report a preventive medicine code (99381 - 99397) with modifier GY to indicate that the service is not covered by Medicare. Additionally, a pelvic and breast exam (G0101) and Pap smear (Q0091) are covered when provided at appropriate intervals — once every two years for patients with average risk of developing cervical or vaginal cancer and annually for patients with high risk. However, since the pelvic and breast exam and the Pap smear overlap with some of the preventive service components, the amount allowed by Medicare for those services should be deducted from the amount billed to the patient for the noncovered preventive service. If a Medicare beneficiary requests a well-woman exam in conjunction with a “Welcome to Medicare” visit or an AWV, codes G0101 and Q0091 are billable and paid in addition to the “Welcome to Medicare” exam or AWV.

To ensure payment, verify the date of the patient’s last claim to Medicare for these services. Otherwise, you could obtain the patient’s signature on an advance beneficiary notice before providing the services.

PEDIATRIC HEARING SCREENING

Q

Which CPT code should I report for pediatric hearing screening using an audiometer?

A

If you provide a test that measures hearing at the range of human speech with a pass or refer based on the testing result, report code 92551. If you provide an air-only test to determine the threshold or lowest intensity level at which a patient can hear, report code 92552. Append modifier 52 if the hearing screening is performed unilaterally.

ROAD RASH TREATMENT

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Which CPT code should I report for the

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cindy Hughes is an independent consulting editor based in El Dorado, Kan., and a contributing editor to FPM.

Author disclosure: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed.

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Send questions and comments to fpmedit@aafp.org, or add your comments below. While this department attempts to provide accurate information, some payers may not accept the advice given. Refer to the current CPT and ICD-10 coding manuals and payer policies.

 
 

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