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Marilyn Posted Sun 15th of October, 2017 14:20:22 PM
Mother came in to seek dietary counseling for 2 year old son "witout the patient". Nutritionist is billing the visit under the mother and documentations states that the counseling refers to the 2 year old son. Should't the session be billed unter the 2 year old son even if the patient was not present?
SuperCoder Answered Mon 16th of October, 2017 02:06:07 AM

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SuperCoder Answered Mon 16th of October, 2017 02:56:44 AM



Please note that Medicare does not pay for family meetings without the patient present. In case when your payer follows CPT guidelines, you can bill this service based on the time. Codes 99201-99215 says “Typically, __ minutes are spent face-to-face with the patient and/or family” but if you are billing codes 97802 etc., payer will not pay for this because this code requires face-to-face presence of the patient.


You should use ICD code Z71.0 (Person encountering health services to consult on behalf of another person)


Please be informed that billing should always be done under the name of the patient even if the patient is not physically present.



Marilyn Posted Mon 16th of October, 2017 12:53:46 PM
So bill under the patient name with "Z71.0"? Thank you.
SuperCoder Answered Tue 17th of October, 2017 01:54:26 AM




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