Vaccine admin codes HELP PLEASE!!

sluke9

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If a patient comes in and only sees the nurse for shots & they hand them a sheet about the vaccines, would this be enough to qualify as counseling to support using 90460 instead of 90471?
 
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90460

This is the complete definition of code 90460

The physician or other qualified health care professional instructs the patient or family on the benefits and risks related to the vaccine or toxoid. The physician counsels the patient or family regarding signs and symptoms of adverse effects and when to seek medical attention for any adverse effects. A physician, nurse, or medical assistant administers an immunization by any route to the patient. It may be a single vaccine or a combination vaccine/toxoid in one immunization administration (e.g., diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus toxoids are in a single DPT immunization). Report 90460 for the first or only vaccine/toxoid component. Report 90461 for each additional component. These codes report immunization administration to patients 18 years of age or younger.

I personally do not believe just handing them a sheet with the infomations qualifies as counseling. I hope this helps.
 

slik

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by definition, a qualified healthcare provider is a physician, PA or CRNP only.

A nurse doing counseling doesn't qualify for the 90460 & 90461 codes.
 
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