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I need help on E/M level. Please

  1. Default I need help on E/M level. Please
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    My doctor has created this new template and wants to know how can we make this a leve high level. I would like to know what is the highest level you can go with this. Please see below: KEEP IN MIND WE DO HAVE STICKER ON THE SIDE OF THE CHART THAT THE MA RECORDS VITAL SIGNS, WEIGHT.


    VAGINITIS


    ______DAYS ______F

    VAG. BLEED NOW Y N TENDERNESS Y N ABDOM. PELVIC VAGINAL
    ITCH Y N ERYTHEMA Y N
    URETHRAL PAIN D/C Y N SECRETION Y N
    DISCHARGE Y N COLOR____ COLOR____
    CONSISTENCY_____ CONSISTENCY____
    ODOR Y N WHIFF Y N

    ABDOMINAL PAIN Y N KOH POSITIVE Y N ___+/4+
    FEVER Y N CLUE CELLS Y N ___+/4+
    MEDS TRIED Y N VAGINAL BACTERI Y N ___+/4+
    WBC Y N ___+/4+
    TRIICH Y N ___+/4+
    RBC Y N ___+/4+
    PH Y N ___+/4+

    BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS VAG MONILIASIS VULVOVAGINAL MONILIASIS TRICHOMONIASIS PHYSIOLOGIC DISCHARGE ATROPHIC CONTACT DERMAT.
    CYTOLYTIC VAGINOSIS

    BUTOCONAZOLE PV CLINDAMYCIN P.O. PV CLOTRIMAZOLE PV FLUCONAZOLE PO METRONIDAZOLE P.O PV MICONZOLE PV NYSTATIN PV TOPICAL TERCONAZOLE PV TERCONAZOLE PV TINDAZOLE TIOCONAZOLE PV OTHER ________

    HORMONE PV PO TOPICAL ________ TOPICAL STERIOD __________

    ____MG ONE TIME QHS QDAY BID X____DAYS WEEKLY X____

    CBC ESR CRP URINE GC/ CHLAMYDIA RTO _______


    THANKS IN ADVANCE
    MSMADDY
    Last edited by MsMaddy; 11-04-2009 at 11:53 AM.

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    I dont think you will be able to up the E/M level becuase it will be base on the decision making and not just the ROS HPI and exam.

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    This is not my area of expertise (OB/GYN) but ...

    I do not see any exam here other than your statement that you have a STICKER ON THE SIDE OF THE CHART THAT THE MA RECORDS VITAL SIGNS, WEIGHT But maybe I'm misinterpreting some of this because of the way it is organized.

    I'm concerned, too, that you appear to have a diagnosis as your chief complaint. How does the patient know she has vaginitis? It is more likely that she is complaining of symptoms, not a diagnosis.

    Developing a template for commonly seen problems can be a good way to ensure you have documented everything that is medically necessary.

    I would start by dividing my template into HISTORY / EXAM / LABS & XRAYS / ASSESSMENT&PLAN sections.

    Then I'd list the types of information that would be most relevant. If you follow the CPT guidelines, as well as 1997 or 1995 guidelines for determining levels of E/M you can include enough information on the form to allow the visit to be coded at the highest level. BUT ... BIG BUT ... this still has to be medically necessary.

    A complaint of itching and discharge might be a yeast infection (which could be treated with OTC meds), or might be something much more serious. A head-to-toe exam and detailed history might not be medically necessary for the first scenario. The doctor should perform the service that is medically necessary, and then document what was performed. That documentation will lead the coder to assign the correct level of service.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
    Last edited by FTessaBartels; 11-04-2009 at 03:58 PM.

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    So what E/M level do you think would be appropriate ? I think the highest he could go is 99213.

    Thanks
    MsMaddy

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