tci E/M Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 9

Reader Question: Use This Advice to Master Telemedicine Coding

Question: Can we code for telemedicine services our physician or qualified nonphysician practitioner (NPP) provides? If so, should we use a specific code? Idaho Subscriber Answer: It depends on what you mean by telemedicine. If you are referring to a phone call, most payers do not recognize codes 99441 (Telephone evaluation and management service by a physician or other qualified health care professional who may report evaluation and management services provided to an established patient, parent, or guardian not originating from a related E/M service provided within the previous 7 days nor leading to an E/M service or procedure...

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