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Can we bill for over the phone "consultaions/treatment"?

Marina Posted Tue 17th of March, 2020 15:28:14 PM
We are an ophthalmology office and are wondering if we can bill for over the phone "visits' and if so what are the CPT codes to use?
SuperCoder Answered Wed 18th of March, 2020 06:54:44 AM

Hi,

 

The following CPT codes can be used for telephone visits:

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 within the next 24 hours or soonest available appointment; 5-10 minutes of medical discussion

99442:   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 within the next 24 hours or soonest available appointment; 11-20 minutes of medical discussion

99443:   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 within the next 24 hours or soonest available appointment; 21-30 minutes of medical discussion

 

If you report any of the above codes, you must make sure the situation meets the following requirements:

  • The patient must be established.
  • You cannot report 99441-99443 if the telephone call ends with the decision for the physician to see the patient within 24 hours or at the next available urgent visit appointment. In this case, CPT® considers the call part of the pre-service work of the subsequent E/M service, procedure, and visit.
  • The phone call cannot refer to an E/M service the physician performed within the previous seven days or within the postoperative period of the previous procedure.

Important: CPT® also says that you should never report 99441-99443 if you are reporting a 99441, 99442, 99443, or 99444 (Online evaluation and management service provided by a physician or other qualified health care professional who may report evaluation and management services provided to an established patient or guardian, not originating from a related E/M service provided within the previous 7 days, using the Internet or similar electronic communications network) service that the physician performed in the previous seven days.

Before submitting these codes, it’s a good idea to check with the payer. Most do not recognize these codes and thus will reject or deny the claim. You may want to develop a process to alert the patient about possible denial and responsibility.

 

Please also check below link for better understanding:

https://www.supercoder.com/coding-newsletters/my-pulmonology-coding-alert/em-coding-em-visits-over-the-phone-know-how-to-use-99441-99443-162145-article

 

https://www.supercoder.com/coding-newsletters/my-evaluation-management-coding-alert/reader-question-master-telephone-em-codes-154066-article

 

Thanks

 

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