99214 Requirements

svevans3

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If you're a specialist billing 99214, is it a REQUIREMENT to send the PCP the Office Note AND a LETTER? I have one doctor saying only the Office Note has to be sent and another doctor saying a Letter must me sent with the Office Note. Please advise....Thanks!
 

Cheezum51

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To my knowledge, there is no "requirement" that either be sent by the specialist back to the PCP for a 99214. From a professional courtesy standpoint, either a copy of the office notes or or a letter which details the findings would be sufficient. I don't think it's really necessary to send both since the information in the two would be somewhat redundant.

Tom Cheezum, O.D., CPC

PS - when there were "consult" codes that could be used by the specialist, they did "require" that a report be sent back to the referring provider by the consulting physician in order for the consultant to bill for a consulting code. Those consulting codes aren't payable by Medicare or many other carriers any more.
 
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