I found this from the AMA regarding this issue:
From a coding perspective, it would not be appropriate to append Modifier -52 Reduced Services to a Preventive Medicine Evaluation and Management (E/M) Service code when only a brief history and examination is performed. Instead, the appropriate Office or Other Outpatient E/M Service code should be reported based upon the key components that are met (i.e., history, physical exam, medical decision making).
Now my question....it states that a 52 modifier should not be used if a brief history and exam is performed, but what about as I state above, a detailed history and exam? If the patient presents for his/her annual physicial and only a detailed exam is performed because the patient refused part of it, would you use -52?
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