Question: A physician wrote: “We have a cosmetic treatment center that is separate from our surgical clinic. I have seen a patient in the cosmetic … [Read more...]
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Question: The doctor I work with excised two benign lesions from a patient’s arm, of the same length. Do I add them together and report one code? … [Read more...]
Question: Why is it so hard to code for a tick bite? And, how is it coded? Answer: The provider searches for the word “tick” and in many … [Read more...]
Question: Is it okay to use the time description in the order as the documentation of the psychotherapy time? The therapist selects 90832, … [Read more...]
Question: Can we bill code 57160 when a patient comes in for a pessary cleaning? Answer: No, report an E/M service based on the key … [Read more...]
Question: When selecting an E/M service for an established patient, does medical decision making need to be one of the determining … [Read more...]
Question: When my doctor personally performs moderate sedation of 15 minutes, does he/she need to document the time in the … [Read more...]