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    Help! Pt brings allergy serum to our family practice office. Pt comes in once every two weeks for us to give them their allergy injections from the serum they left with us..... What CPT do we charge?

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    If it was given by a non-physician then just the administration code. If there was also an office visit then that MAY be billable as well.

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    y ou would use cpt code 95115 if single injection administered if 2or more use 95117

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    The codes above specifically say professional services for allergen immunotherapy(physician injects). This is my delima. Do I use administrative codes or the 95115/95117?

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    Forgive me, but where does it state "physician injects"?
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    I agree with Donag. 95115 or 95117 depending on the number of injections are the codes we use at our clinics.

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    In our encoder pro it says "physician injects" in the lay description but in the CPT book it says "Professional Services". This is where I am second guessing myself. Thanks for all of your help!

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    Here's what CPT assistant has to say:

    Allergy injections and diagnostic tests
    CPT Assistant, December 2007 Page: 9 Category: Coding Consultation
    CPT Coding for Allergy Injections and Allergy Diagnostic Tests

    Allergy Injections

    Allergy injections are reported using CPT codes 95115 for a single injection and 95117 for two or more injections. These codes describe the administration (injection) of the allergenic extract when the extract provision or preparation of the extract is not included in the code descriptor. They do not include the provision or preparation of the extract. Codes 95115 and 95117 are intended to be reported one time, regardless of the number of injections administered. These services are typically performed by a nurse and do not include physician work. If the physician performs an evaluation and management (E/M) service on the same day as an injection, the physician should document the service and report the appropriate level E/M service code. In cases when there is no physician history or exam performed but the nurse must consult with the physician as to whether the patient should receive the injection and whether dosage adjustments are required (eg, the patient is ill or reports a reaction to the last injection), CPT code 99211 would be appropriate.

    Allergy Diagnostic Tests

    95004 Percutaneous tests (scratch, puncture, prick) with allergenic extracts, immediate type reaction, including test interpretation and report by a physician, specify number of tests

    95024 Intracutaneous (intradermal) tests with allergenic extracts, immediate type reaction, including test interpretation and report by a physician, specify number of tests

    95027 Intracutaneous (intradermal) tests, sequential and incremental, with allergenic extracts for airborne allergens, immediate type reaction, including test interpretation and report by a physician, specify number of tests

    Effective January 1, 2008, the descriptors for the allergy diagnostic test codes (CPT codes 95004, 95024, and 95027) have been modified to clarify that the service includes "test interpretation and report by a physician." In addition, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now recognizes physician work for CPT codes 95004, 95024, and 95027. Furthermore, the Allergy and Clinical Immunology guidelines have been modified to indicate that when reporting any allergy testing on the same day as a significant, separately identifiable E/M service, modifier 25 must be appended to the E/M service code.




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    Maybe this will help?

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    If you are giving the allergy shot(s) from a pre-mixed vial, you will code 95115for one shot or 95117 for two or more.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    Thank you so much for all your help! I think you all have helped me with my question!

    Thank you again.
    Stephanie

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