tci E/M Coding Alert - 2018 Issue 4

Documentation: Recognize Referral, Consultation Differences, Add to Your Bottom Line

Hint: understand payer guidelines and provide clear documentation for both services. Most coders are aware of the difference between a patient transferring to another provider and a provider consulting on a patient problem. Yet coding for each situation can be tricky and - in the case of consultation - can impact your practice's revenue stream positively or negatively depending on your knowledge of payer preferences and your coding choices. So, to keep your coding clear in these situations, read on, and remember to clip and save our advice on how to code consultations correctly when you're done. Think of...

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