Question 90791 - unfinished/partial assessment


Newport, WA
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We have a situation in which our therapist was unable to complete the initial assessment for their patient due to the patient being late for the appointment. They did spend 45 minutes together but a lot of info was not obtained due to time constraints. The therapist wants to have the patient come back to finish the assessment. Since the criteria was not met in order to bill a 90791, what do we code for this initial visit? Can we bill the 90791 on the next visit and bill this one as a 90834? Or should we just bill a 90791 on the date of the next visit and combine the visits into one? I am at a loss. Please advise and if possible, provide back up for your response. thank you!

A Woods