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Mary Posted Mon 16th of April, 2012 18:41:00 PM

Recently the provider saw a patient in the ambulatory unit who came in from a nursing home and was unable to come into the office prior procedure. My question is can he do an E/M charge on this patient of some type. Also he was called out during the night to remove a foreign body on a new patient, will be have to have the patient come back into the office to charge an E/M visit? Or would it be more feasible to charge an E/M visit and not charge for the procedures? We seem to be getting a lot of these types of procedures lately.

SuperCoder Answered Mon 16th of April, 2012 19:10:15 PM

The RVUs and payment for the procedure already include the basic E/M required for the procedure.

You should charge an office visit only if there is a significant, separately identifiable E/M service performed this same date of service.

Source:AAPC forum

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