Bernadette Posted Fri 05th of July, 2013 19:33:19 PM
A patient of ours had gone to an E.R. for a laceration on his finger. The E.R. had done sutures for the laceration. We are a pediatric PCP and a patient came in for a suture removal. While the pt was here, he also asked if his knee could be checked by the doctor, which the doctor did. Normally, if it is just a suture removal(that we did not do) , we would bill a level 1(
99212)for the suture removal however, now that the doctor did the suture removal and then checked a another symptom, could we bill a level 3 (
SuperCoder Answered Sun 07th of July, 2013 21:40:59 PM
Yes that higher code choice would be appropriate given these circumstances depending on the knee problem. The two presenting problems would justify a level 3..