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    Default IP Consult GYN
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    Pt admitted for pelvic pain, complicated PMH. Request by PCP for gyn input re management of pelvic pain and irreg vag bleeding. I read the note and it states pt declines any Physical Exam. Further, note states" I spent 60 minutes with pt and mother discussing her concerns. The pt was able to contribute intermittently although she was extremely somnolent." I want to give it a 99253. Am being told that exam was not done. I believe that I can code it this was. Would love any and all input. Thanks
    Karen Barron, CPC
    Hampton New Hampshire Chapter

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    Default Counselling and Coordination of Care
    You can code based on time spent if:
    1) total face-to-face time is recorded (face-to-face includes unit/floor time for an inpatient)
    2) amount of time spent in counseling/coordination of care (must be MORE than 50% of total)
    3) Nature of the counseling/coordination of care

    Your doctor has stated that s/he spent "60 minutes with patient and her mother discussing her concerns." This amount of total time would qualify for 99253 IF the physician also indicated that more than 50% of the total time spent was in counseling. This amount of counseling time (which it seems that all the 60 minutes is) would qualify for at least 99253 and maybe a higher level ... if we knew how much the TOTAL face-to-face time was.

    The problem is that your physician didn't fully document. But you're on the right track. Can s/he do an addendum to clarify?

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    According to the note most of the PMH was taken from Mom. Pt is 25 w/multiple medical problems. Did not want an internal exam, refused IV contrast. This after a LIH 12/23/08 at another hospital. Mom wants pt to be d/c'd asap. The note does not say the total amt of counsel. However the note is quite detailed as to what the problem is.
    Karen Barron, CPC
    Hampton New Hampshire Chapter

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    Default Dictate addendum
    I'd ask the physician to dictate an addendum to qualify for billing based on counseling/coordination of care.

    Without this, you're stuck coding on the three key elements - and with NO exam you get nothing on a consult.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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