establish care with no problems

avrilw

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I have had patients come in to establish care with our physician. No physical exam was done, no presenting problems, no meds filled...nothing! Just establishing care! Can I bill for this and if so how? What dx would I use? Thanks in advance!
 

CodingKing

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You cannot bill for these get acquainted visits. You don't have enough to bill even a minor E&M.
 

Walker22

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You cannot bill for these get acquainted visits. You don't have enough to bill even a minor E&M.

CodingKing is correct.

If I may be so bold, I would like to suggest a new strategy for your practice. Rather than perform these "get acquainted visits" which take up resources for no reimbursement, schedule these patients for a well visit, and perform a physical. You can bill for it, plus it sets a baseline set of readings should the patient become ill later.
 
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Thanks guys!

Thank you so much! I didn't think these were billable either but I need something to give to my supervisor and physicians as proof that we are losing reimbursement on these!
 
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