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Coding Clinical Encounters. Definition of Terms: CPT E/M and Procedure Codes The CPT E/M section is divided into broad categories such as office visits,

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1 Coding Clinical Encounters

2 Definition of Terms: CPT E/M and Procedure Codes The CPT E/M section is divided into broad categories such as office visits, hospital visits, and consultations CPT Procedure Codes are based upon the specific procedure being performed.

3 National Correct Coding Policy Applies to services billed by a single provider for a patient on the same day Some CPT Procedure codes have been developed that are considered “comprehensive” These CPT Procedure codes incorporate the E/M service; therefore the E/M Code should not be coded The RVU assigned to these CPT Codes are based on the comprehensiveness of the procedure (i.e., incorporate the “value” of the E/M service) However, ADM 3.0 software requires an E/M to be coded CCI EDITS Audit checks to ensure (and deleted if found) additional codes are not billed with comprehensive or exclusive codes

4 RVUs Relative Value Units (RVUs) Since 1992, reimbursement (payment) to providers has been based on a fee schedule using RVUs RVUs are a nationally recognized measurement of the resources (the amount of time, effort and intensity) required to provide a particular service or procedure Every CPT E/M and Procedure Code has an RVU assigned, but some are ZERO RVU is multiplied by the standard conversion factor to get the “payment amount” RVUs are tracked as an indication of provider workload

5 ICD 9 CM Diagnosis What’s the Same? Same method for deciding the diagnostic code Refer to flow sheet and superbills Can code up to four diagnoses V71.09 and are not recommended for use; Code presenting symptom or chief complaint What’s Different? New Codes for Consultative BH Care in medical clinic New method for deciding the CPT E/M and procedure Codes

6 ICD 9 CM Diagnosis The type of diagnosis (psychiatric or physical) now guides the type of CPT E/M and Procedures Codes to use PSYCHIATRIC Diagnosis (YELLOW on Superbill in Appendix 11) Use (E/M) along with (new patient) or (follow-up patient) for CPT Procedure PHYSICAL Diagnosis (PEACH on Superbill in Appendix 11) Use (E/M) along with (new patient) or (follow-up patient) for CPT Procedure OR Use (consultative E/M code) for any “new patient”, regardless of diagnosis, with NO CPT Procedure Code

7 E & M Codes If using a CPT Procedure code, then use (unlisted E/M Code) because the CPT Procedure Codes used for BH in primary care are Comprehensive Codes Telephone contacts are types of CPT E/M codes – 3 types DO CODE these DO NOT code a CPT Procedure code with telecons

8 Consultation E/M Codes Consultation E/M Codes (99241, 99242) Consultations are provided at the request of another provider, to render an opinion or advice regarding the evaluation and management of a specific problem. You must document the need in the patient’s record You may initiate diagnostic and/or therapeutic services, such as writing prescriptions or initiating treatment plans. You must document the opinion you render and services you order or perform in the patient’s medical record. Report this information to the requesting provider. Report separately any identifiable procedure or service performed on, or subsequent to, the date of the initial consultation. When you assume responsibility for the management of any or all of the patient’s care subsequent to the consultation encounter, consult codes are no longer appropriate.

9 BH CPT Procedure Codes Two Categories of BH CPT Procedure Codes Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention ( ) – Use “quantities” for these Psychiatric (90801; 90804, etc) Both sets of CPT procedure codes are ‘comprehensive’ and have CCI edits Use E/M code (unlisted E/M code) with these Use diagnosis to determine which category to use Can code multiple CPT Procedure codes for one visit (but not same CPT; if same CPT use quantities) For example, using a CPT procedure code for health risk assessment (99420), but there are no RVUs for this service If you choose to use a consultation E/M code, do not also use a CPT Procedure code. Use only for initial BHC consultation visits. (there is no ‘right’ answer)

10 Coding Logic CPT CODES Non-Consultative Codes (99499 E/M Code plus CPT Procedure Code determined from logic below) Consultation E/M Codes (99241, 99242, 99243) Psychiatric ICD-9 CM Diagnosis (Use CPT Procedure Codes 90801, 90804) Physical ICD-9 CM Condition/Diagnosis (Use CPT Procedure Codes )

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15 Review and Questions Review Mini-Guides in revised Appendix Questions from participants

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