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    Des Plaines

    Default billing and global period question

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    A patient came into the office for sutures. He has asthma and when he came in his sutures the nurse did a pulse ox. When he came back for his 3 follow up visits, the nurse did a pulse ox every time. The doctor, however, did not discuss his asthma issues. The doctor wants to bill office visits for the 3 follow up visits even though it was during the global period for the sutures and he didn't address the asthma. Can the visits be billed?

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    Yes, I would charge for this.
    I would use E/M code 99211(you can use for a nurse visit) with modifier 24 (unrelated E/M during post-op period)with the corresponding asthma dx code for each of the three visits.

    Kim Daesch, CPC
    Last edited by kmezyk; 12-15-2010 at 11:02 AM. Reason: error

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default I disagree

    He was not coming in for asthma. I would not code these visits. They were post-op care and covered in the global period.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Apr 2007
    Evansville Indiana

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    I agree with Tessa.

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