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Part B Insider (Multispecialty) Coding Alert

Preventive Services:

Document Time Spent on Preventive Services, Despite No CMS Directive to Do So

Plus: Don't forget modifier 25 when reporting preventive services with E/M. CMS introduced quite a few preventive service codes over the past two years, and many of them have time requirements, CMS reps noted during the agency's Aug. 15 \"Medicare Preventive Services National Provider Call.\" It's in your best interest to document the time you spend on these services, even if CMS doesn't require it. Check out these frequently-asked questions from last week's call to get the scoop on how to appropriately report your preventive services. Modifier 25 Is Your Friend If you plan to report preventive services on the same day as an E/M service, \"You would have to meet entirely the requirements of billing those services so there would be no overlap in providing both services,\" said CMS's Kathy Bryant during the call. \"You can't overlap the services and you need to bill and code appropriately for both [...]