CODING & DOCUMENTATION

 

Fam Pract Manag. 2021 May-June;28(3):34.

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HOME HEALTH OR HOSPICE CARE SUPERVISION

Q

What date of service should I report for home health or hospice care supervision codes G0181 and G0182?

A

Verify your Medicare Administrative Contractor's policy, but typically you would report the first and last dates care planning services were actually provided during a single calendar month as the beginning and end dates for the month of care. However, it is still necessary to report the service after the end of the month.

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING VIA TELEHEALTH

Q

Does Medicare cover advance care planning provided via audiovisual technology (i.e., telehealth)?

A

Yes. Codes 99497 and 99498 are included on the list of services covered by Medicare when provided via audiovisual technology. Additionally, during the COVID-19 public health emergency only, advance care planning may be reported when provided via audio-only (i.e., telephone) communication.

AMBULATORY BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING

Q

What date of service should I report when a patient has completed ambulatory blood pressure monitoring for 24 hours or longer and I have reviewed and interpreted the data (93784)?

A

Report the date you interpreted the data and created your report because that is the date the service is complete. When you are reporting the professional or complete service (technical and professional), both the monitoring time specified in the code descriptor and the interpretation and report should be completed before billing. If you are reporting only technical components (recording or scanning analysis with report), the date of service is the date the monitoring concluded based on the time in the code descriptor.

COUNSELING PATIENTS ABOUT FOREIGN TRAVEL

Q

What codes should I report for time spent counseling patients about the health risks of travel to foreign countries and providing advice for

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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