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Employment physicals with PPD tests

  1. Question Employment physicals with PPD tests
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    How would I code a visit if the patient comes in because the new place of employment requires a PPD? Nothing else is needed.

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    I would use 86580 if this is the only reason they were seen.
    Karen Barron, CPC
    Hampton New Hampshire Chapter

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    The patient saw the doctor though.

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    An article I read in a Family practice journal says that you can charge an administration fee with the ppd code. It was 90772 in 2008, I know it changed for 2008- I think it is 96372 now.

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    We do pre-employment screening all the time and the only part the physician charges for is the physical. The PPD is usually applied by the nurse. I suggest that you only charge for the physical and then the PPD application since this is a pre-employment service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camcpc View Post
    An article I read in a Family practice journal says that you can charge an administration fee with the ppd code. It was 90772 in 2008, I know it changed for 2008- I think it is 96372 now.
    I believe that is incorrect. The administration of the PPD is built into the RVU's of CPT 86580.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    csruiz writes: employment requires a PPD? Nothing else is needed. (emphasis added by FTB)

    If all that was done was the PPD, I am in complete agreement with kbarron and Lisa ... CPT 86580 only.

    ALL procedures include some evaluation of the patient.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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