tci E/M Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 4

Reader Question: Giving a Helping Hand Is a Shared Service

Question: My physician and a physician’s assistant visited the same patient in the hospital on the same day. Can I bill this as a shared service? North Dakota Subscriber Answer: The answer is yes if the service given by the non-physician practitioner (NPP) was just to give a helping hand to the physician in an inpatient setting by performing a portion of the E/M service, such as the history and initial examination, and the physician then also provided face-to-face service.  Example: The service provided by the NPP was part of a pre-round for the physician. Then the...

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