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    I was wondering if anyone knows if its okay to bill a low level for a medical screening exam? I know that the ETMLA laws state a medical screening exam must be done on everyone to find out if the pt is considered emergent/non emergent. I can not find any information whether or not its okay to bill a pt just for the medical screening exam.

    Here is an example, pt comes in with sore throat the MD tells the pt its a non emergent issue. Then the pt has the choice whether to be seen or not. The pt decides to not be seen. Since the doctor did do a examination on the pt can I not bill a low level ER visit?

    Thanks for the help,

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    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    The facility can bill a level. And so can the physician as long as the documentation can meet the ER low level visit.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Thank you for your help

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