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    Question Coding question!!

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    We have a psych Dr that comes into our office to see patients. Our nurses take the vitals and after the pt sees the psych Dr, our providers write out the needed prescriptions. With the vitals and appropriate dx code with this justify the use of E/M 99211?
    Last edited by cyn123170; 08-20-2009 at 08:56 AM.

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    Default 99211

    Your question isnt really clear. Are you billing for a visit with a psychiatrist for prescription management? Normally a visit with a provider is never billed with a 99211 so something doesnt sound right. Take a look at the following article on when to bill a 99211

    Heather Winters, CPC, CFPC

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    We bill for the psych visit under the psych doctors name. The psych doctor can't write the scripts so our nurse will do vitals and our provider writes any necessary scripts. Will the nurse and provider encounter constitute a 99211 visit?

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    Default Why can't psychiatrist write Rx?

    Psychiatrists are MDs ... most certainly can write scripts. I don't understand your scenario.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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