tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 4

Reader Question: Writing Prescriptions Are a Part of an E/M Service

Question: A patient with chronic diabetes was seen for prescription refills. The physician checked the status of his diabetes before refilling the medications. What will be the best way to code this visit? Can we use the chronic disease code as the primary diagnosis and the refill code V68.1 as secondary? Or should we use we use the history code of the diabetes as a primary diagnosis code before the refill code?  Virginia Subscriber Answer:  CPT® includes writing prescriptions as part of an E/M service, and the service is essentially just part of the cost of...

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