AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 10 (October)

Medicine (October 2000)

October 2000 page 7 Coding Consultation Assessment Tests, Central Nervous System, Medicine, 96115 (Q&A) Central Nervous System Assessment Tests Question How would I code the Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE)? Should I report code 96115? Answer The MMSE would not be reported by CPT code 96115, Neuro-behavioral status exam (clinical assessment of thinking, reasoning and judgment, eg, acquired knowledge, attention, memory, visual spatial abilities, language functions, planning) with interpretation and report, per hour. According to our CPT advisor representing neurology, the MMSE is a 30-element examination, originally created to provide a very quick and simple summary test, which could...

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