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    Does anyone know how I could get a history of the codes used for MNT (97802-97804)? They were introduced, I think, in 2001.
    What was used before then?
    Is there anywhere I could find the documentation for this earlier legacy code? Or could someone send it to me? I wonder if it is in the CPT 2001?


    Thanks,

    Lin
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    Last edited by losborn; 06-09-2010 at 11:16 AM. Reason: I need to add my email for a response

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    You're correct, these codes were implemented on 01/01/2001. Prior to that, for services rendered by a registered dietician (most especially for diabetics), an E/M code was used with a modifier stating "services by a registered dietician" - but that particular modifier has been deleted, and I'm afraid I don't remember what it was. It was not the current AE - I think it started with a W - but I'm just not sure.
    Lucinda (Cindy) McGarry, CPC-P
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    That's OK - don't really need the modifier, but its good to know.

    What criteria did they use in order to bill the E/M codes then? Time?

    Lin

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    Quote Originally Posted by losborn View Post
    That's OK - don't really need the modifier, but its good to know.

    What criteria did they use in order to bill the E/M codes then? Time?

    Lin
    Lin, most of the providers I dealt with billed it based on time. I was working for a payor at the time, and that's what we instructed them to do. We were very relieved when they finally developed codes for this!
    Lucinda (Cindy) McGarry, CPC-P
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    Avera Health Plans
    Education Office Sioux Falls SD Local Chapter
    Past President Sioux Falls SD Local Chapter

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