AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 10 (October)

Counseling and/or Coordination of Care (October 1998)

October 1998 page 5 Coding Communication Counseling and/or Coordination of Care CPT 1998 (page 4) includes an extended discussion of time as it relates to Evaluation and Management (E/M) services. As stated in the discussion, the specific times expressed in the visit code descriptors are averages, and therefore represent a range of times, which may be higher or lower, depending on actual clinical circumstances. Selecting the Appropriate Level In selecting an appropriate level of E/M service, the performance of key components (ie, history, examination and medical decision making) must be met or exceeded in order to qualify for a...

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