Procedure separately documented

tfischer

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If a physician documents an evaluation and management encounter, and also does a procedure on that same day in the office, does the procedure have to be separately documented? I have a physician that always documents the procedure within the E/M documentation.

Palmetto says, "If a surgical or invasive diagnostic procedure is performed at the time of the E/M encounter, the specific procedure should be documented."

Palmetto doesn't specifically say that the procedure has to be separately documented. It only says documented.

Can I get any one elses thoughts on this?

Thanks!! :)
 

HBULLOCK

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I don't believe its mandatory it be a separate note but there must be significant info in the e/m note to substantiate the procedure. :)
 
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Separate paragraph

It does not have to be a completely separate note, but I do ask the doctors to at least start a new paragraph and title it "Procedure:" This makes it crystal clear to the coder (not to mention an auditor) that a distinct procedure was performed.

Hope that helps.

F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
 

armen

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I think if the procedure is documented then you should not have problem, unless specific payer requires separate notes. We document all procedures in one note.
 
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