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telephone visits otolaryngology

Barbara Posted Fri 18th of July, 2014 07:51:20 AM

is anyone billing for them and getting paid?

SuperCoder Answered Mon 21st of July, 2014 08:17:55 AM

These codes are not speciality specific.

Medicare considers telephone call codes 99441–99443 (Telephone E/M service provided by a physician 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; …) to be non–covered services.

Silver lining: Your physician technically is getting paid for telephone calls made in relation to performed office visits. The physician work resulting from telephone calls is considered to be an integral part of the pre–work and post–work of other physician services, and the fee schedule amount for the latter services already includes payment for the telephone calls. The relative value units for office visits include time for work that is spent before and after the visit on items like pulling the chart, reviewing lab results, and calling the patient. Since the fee schedule includes relative values for 99441–99443, some private and other public payers may pay for the codes, but remember that the guidelines are very specific for reporting these codes. The patient must be established to the practice, must have initiated the call to the physician, and the information discussed cannot be directly related to a visit seven or less days before the phone call. Also, the call cannot take place when the patient makes an appointment to see the physician regarding the health issue within 24 hours.

Thanks !!

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