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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Terre Haute, IN

    Default Bc/bs & 81002

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    Every article i've found on the following code have been about Medicare Denying the Following code.

    81002 - non-automated, without microscopy.

    Our Billers just had this Denied
    and told it was bundled with the E&M which was 99213.

    Any insite on this or anyone have this happen too also?
    Thanks In advance =D

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Engelwood, CO


    We have one carrier who bundles the 81002 in with an E&M code all the time (Aetna). They came out with this policy a few years ago. Attaching a 25 modifier to the E&M is sufficient to unbundle it (which we do at Aetna's written suggestion). Every once in a while we'll have another carrier who bundles the 2 codes, but not consistently. Since it's not cost effective to file an appeal for a reimbursement of about $3, we just adjust it off.

    Becky, CPC

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Terre Haute, IN


    Thanks Becky.

    I will pass along the Information !

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