tci E/M Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 4

Global Periods: Know When You Can -- and Can't -- Report an E/M Service During a Procedure's Global Period

Learn the 7 global period designations to make your job easier. Before you even start looking at which evaluation and management (E/M) code you should report, there is one other critical point to consider. Determining whether you can report an E/M service on the same day or within the days before or after another procedure or service is essential to avoiding claim rejections. Getting to know seven types of global periods Medicare assigns to procedure codes will help you quickly determine whether you can actually report an E/M code. You’ll see fewer denials, avoid the stress of worrying...

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