Wiki Question about IBT for Obesity G0447


True Blue
Everett, Washington
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Colleagues, I've posted this question to another forum I frequent but would like to ask the members here who have been dealing with this same procedure:

Simple 2 part question from doctor, but not sure how to handle it. Have the MLN# MM7641 in front of me and doctor has it as well.

#1)BMI # 30 or greater must be on the initial visit? (yes!)
#2) As the BMI drops below 30 the billing still applies (???)

Just looking for a good way to answer with limited followup that will be more than just a "yes" or "no" answer on question #2.

I'm sure this issue has plagued many of you, and hopefully an answer will be a form of therapy to those of you who have acquired headaches from researching this. I've been working on this question since last night!!

---Suzanne E. Byrum CPC
(Noridian-MCR-WASH State)
G0447 ibt

Can this code be used in a group setting?
What kind of documentation is needed to bill this code in a group setting?