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    Hi--

    Can anyone help me with the CPT code for performing a high blood pressure test? All that I was able to find was 93770 (Determination of venous pressure) and I don't think it's right.
    Thanks!

    -Pvang

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    Was this done by the nurse or the physician?

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    Quote Originally Posted by muthershyp View Post
    Was this done by the nurse or the physician?
    I didn't even think of that. Whether it was performed by a nurse or a physician, I assume there would still be procedure code (whether it be specific or unspecified) for the service wouldn't it?

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    If it was done as part of a physician visit, it would just be considered part of the E/M code. If the patient came in just for the BP check, a nursing visit would be coded -- 99211.

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    So what about screening for high blood pressure? Would the screening be a lab test of some kind?

    Thanks for all the help so far!

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    I agree that a BP check done as part of a provider visit is considered part of the E/M service, but if it was performed as part of a nursing visit, incident to guidelines have to be met before a 99211 can be reported. In other words, the provider has to have ordered the BP check before 99211 can be used. If the patient presents for a random (or "drop by") BP check without an appointment and the nurse checks the BP and everything is normal and the patient goes on his/her way, then this generally is not reported as 99211. Incident to guidelines are not being met here. CMS and most third party payers won't reimburse for a random BP check. This is looked on as a screening service without medical necessity.

    This is how I look at this situation. Anyone else have a different opinion?
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow
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    Dballard2004-- I agree with your rationale...but what would the blood pressure by itself be coded as?

    -Pvang

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    As far as I know, there is no CPT code just for checking the patient's BP. This is all inherent to the E/M service. For the random BP checks where incident to guidelines are not met, well..you basically have a nothing. In other words, it in not reportable.

    Someone please correct me if I'm wrong here.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow
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    I agree. A blood pressure, like temperature, pulse and respirations are basic measurements of health and are considered a basic part of any Evaluation and Management Service.

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