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    If a patient comes into the office for a travel exam because they are going out of the country and need an exam before they go to get the immunizations, can this be considered a preventative visit? I say no because it really doesn't meet the criteria for a preventative vist meaning it is not comprehensive in nature. Shouldn't this be billed with the appropriate E/M office visit?

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    If the exam was comprehensive in nature, would it qualify for a preventative exam? Thanks.
    Last edited by dballard2004; 03-14-2008 at 06:54 PM.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow
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    What about 99401 - 99404? Because you aren't really doing a problem oriented E/M either. Then perhaps V65.49 as counseling for travel?

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    I considered these codes, but would this really be considered counseling?
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    The description in CPT states "and/or risk factor reduction intervention...", so it seems appropriate to me.

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    Thanks. I appreciate everyone's help.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow
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