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Old 05-05-2009, 07:05 PM
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Default Well women exam

I work for a large family practice group, we have been billing for annual well woman exams using a preventive code in addition to the QOO91. Can someone please give some feed back on how we should be billing this service for commercial insurances and what diagnosis codes we should be using?
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:18 PM
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I have this information from AAP , I know its pediatrics but it does mention physicals and paps for women.Hope it helps


When Performed as Part of a Preventive Medicine Visit

Preventive medicine visit services (99381–99397) include a comprehensive (age- and gender-appropriate) history and physical examination that are not synonymous with the history or physical examination components in problem-oriented codes. The CPT guidelines stipulate that preventive medicine services provided to patients from ages 12 through 39 years (CPT codes 99384/99394 and 99385/99395) include the pelvic and breast examination and obtaining a Pap smear.

The Pap Smear

CPT codes 88141–88154, 88164–88167, 88174, and 88175 are used to report the various methods of Pap smear screening and the physician interpretation. The primary care physician does not report these codes. However, CPT code 99000 (handling or conveyance of specimen for transfer from the physician's office to a laboratory) may be reported in addition to reporting the preventive medicine or problem-oriented visit

Medicare Requirements

Medicare requires that Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System code Q0091 (screening Papanicolaou; obtaining, preparing, and conveyance of cervical and vaginal smear to laboratory) be reported separately with the appropriate E/M service. Some Medicaid programs and commercial payers may also recognize code Q0091 as a separate service. If reporting Q0091, it is not appropriate to also report 99000.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:11 PM
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I researched this time and time again. Think I have it done now.

As far as for PPO insurance, in regards to well women exams.

I would bill for the Well women and collection for a pap as followed

993XX-V72.31

Q0091-V76.2

I show these steps to my physcians I work for all the time. But like I tell them the Q0091 doesn't always get paid, but it's better than using 99000 because when these get both get paid at different encounters I've seen that the Q0091 always wins out.

Average payment I've seen using the Q0091 code is from 16.00 to 42.00. Not bad.

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