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Pre-op H&P in office setting

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    I work in a FP office. My MD saw a pt for a H&P for a dental surgery that she's not performing. There were 3 other acute conditions unrelated so my provider coded a 99213. My question is if there is another CPT code for the H&P or is there a modifier that I could use or if the ICD-9 is the only thing to state H&P for pre-op? Thanks in advance!
    Heidi Thompson, CPC

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    Would a 99392-56, 99213-25 be appropriate here?
    Heidi Thompson, CPC

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    Pre-ops are not coded as preventive.

    Lets say your Doc was asked for a pre-op clearance for the dental surgery that will be done 4 days from now. Full exam, ROS, PFSH and pt has long history of HTN (reason for the pre-op). Pt also has 3 problems she wants addressed.

    Code E&M 99201-99215
    DX: V72.8x, dental DX, HTN plus the Dx for the 3 problems he evaluated

    Which means there are going to be lots of DX but the guidelines for pre-op is V72.8x plus the surgical condition plus any conditions identified

    You would not code (for example) a 99213 for the pre-op and then a 2nd 99214 for the 3 conditions. It appears the patient decided to take advantage of the pre-op visit to take care of everything else

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    Columbia, MO
    Quote Originally Posted by hthompson View Post
    Would a 99392-56, 99213-25 be appropriate here?
    The 56 modifier for preop is an appropriate modifier for a preop exam , however it must be appended to the surgical code not an E&M code.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    This is for a child and the acute conditions were cough, fever, URI. The pre-op was for a procedure that would be done "within 30 days". So it was more like the visit was scheduled as a pre-op and the pt was sick during the visit. Still only office visit codes? What if it was a pre-op where that was the ONLY dx?

    Thanks for the tip on the -56. I've never had to use it because we never get the surgical dx or CPT codes, as it's being done by another provider.
    Heidi Thompson, CPC

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