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Physical Exam Deferred

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    If we come across a report which says physical exam is deferred and not performed without any definite reason why the physical exam was deferred, can the encounter be considered codeable/billable?

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    If this is a new patient, no. Even if you knew why, it still couldn't be used.
    Suzan

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    We can bill the encounter with established patient codes.
    Thanks,
    Jagadish, CCS-P, CPC

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    Default Is time for counseling/coordination of care recorded?
    If time spent in counseling/coordination of care is recorded correctly, then you may code using those guidelines ... even if it is a new patient.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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