tci E/M Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 1

Reader Question: 2 Surgeons, 1 Practice = 1 Code on Same Day

Question: Two neurosurgeons in our practice treated a post-trauma patient twice on the same day. In the morning, physician A prescribed new medication for a patient who’s been having occasional convulsions and coded the encounter as 99213 (Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient ...). Later that day, the patient returned with similar complaints and saw physician B, who performed and documented 99214 (….Usually, the presenting problem[s] are of moderate to high severity. Typically, 25 minutes are spent face-to-face with the patient and/or family) with the treatment provided. Can I...

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