tci E/M Coding Alert - 2019 Issue 4

Telemedicine: Make the Right Call With These New Telemedicine Codes

CCI edits, payer problems, create coding uncertainty. If you’ve hesitated to use the new interprofessional telephone codes since came into existence on January 1, 2019, you’re probably in good company. That’s because they seem to be creating more questions than answers. One reason the codes are being seen as problematic is probably due to their consultative nature. Simply put, payers who have traditionally baulked at paying for consults will probably view these new codes in the same light. Additionally, the codes were immediately bundled as Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) procedure-to-procedure (PTP) edit pairs for many other...

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