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CPT 99387, Under New Patient Preventive Medicine Services

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code 99387 as maintained by American Medical Association, is a medical procedural code under the range - New Patient Preventive Medicine Services.

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October 31, 2018

Preventive medicine services, or “well visits,” are evaluation and management (E/M) services provided to a patient without a chief complaint. The reason for the visit is not an illness or injur... [ Read More ]

June 07, 2018

Each time you meet with a patient, you should document a chief complaint (CC). CPT defines the CC as “A concise statement describing the symptom, problem, condition, diagnosis, or other factor th... [ Read More ]

October 01, 2017

Follow best practices to meet annual exam documentation requirements. By Ellen Risotti-Hinkle, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CEMC, CFPC, CIMC, CSCG, AAPC Fellow Unlike other evaluation and management (E/M) ser... [ Read More ]

January 19, 2015

Be careful not to apply initial preventive medicine codes (99381-99387) for established patients. A patient who has received any professional service from the provider within the past three years s... [ Read More ]

August 01, 2014

Let medical necessity point you to the correct answer. A few years ago, I presented to a family practice office as a new patient for a preventive medicine visit. I filled out all the necessary new ... [ Read More ]

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I have discussed the findings at great length with the patient, his wife and 3 daughters. I have had an extensive perhaps 40 minute discussio... [ Read More ]
HELLO ,

Can anyone one explain me when to consider "consult" and "office visit"?

what if in medical records below line is mentioned... [ Read More ]
My urologist was asked to see a patient in the NICU who had a circ an hour prior. Do I bill 99477 or how do I bill for this?
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CMS has what they expect, what OIG expects for E&M code distribution in an office/outpatient primary care setting. Does anyone know where I could find the same data specific... [ Read More ]
Hi Team,
We need clarification for HPI element.
Patient came for abd pain, knee pain,shoulder pain. Provider managed by x-ray abd-abd pain,x -ray Knee-knee p... [ Read More ]
Hi, I am new to EM coding, have below queries, 1. Patient seen by physician A at ED and physician ask orthopedic physician B to consult at ER. Then upon review physician B state... [ Read More ]
cc: Patient come for multiple sites pain.
Assement : Knee,ankle,wrist,hand diagnosised as pain

Separate X-rays ordered for these four conditions.

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Can I bill 99214 and 90962 in the same month? My doctor brought an outpatient dialysis patient into the office to discuss labs and if patient needed to stay on dialysis, which ... [ Read More ]
Can anyone direct me to the guideline...

can you still bill a consult for same specialty, DIFFERENT dx, different provider , same group ??
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When billing for time based E/M, does the documentation first need to meet a 99213 - 99215, and then look at the time or can you go directly to the time that the provider has d... [ Read More ]