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    I need information on billing the MMSE, why would we not bill with the E/M? Anyone have any website or useful info on coding and billing the MMS.

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    Mini Mental Status Exam
    Q: Is there a CPT code for performing a Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) during an office visit for the purpose of assessing a patient who has memory problems?

    A: No. The physician administration, interpretation and written report associated with the MMSE is included in the E/M service code for the patient encounter. It is not separately codeable. The 1997 documentation guidelines for E/M services reference "brief assessment of mental status including: orientation to time, place and person; recent and remote memory; mood and affect (e.g., depression, anxiety, agitation)" as part of the exam elements for a general multi-system exam

    (Copied from the 97 guidelines)

    Psychiatric Description of patient’s judgment and insight
    Brief assessment of mental status including:
    • orientation to time, place and person
    • recent and remote memory
    • mood and affect (eg, depression, anxiety, agitation)

    Last edited by RebeccaWoodward*; 01-22-2009 at 09:05 AM.

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