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    Question time on preventative medicine counseling

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    I have a pt who was seen for preventative medicine counseling for only 5 mins. Can I chrge a 99401 for this?

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    I'll wager an opinion here.

    As long as the counseling was not geared towards a specific illness or a symptom or was not performed as part of the patient's annual physical exam, then I think 99401 would be the correct code. The description of this code states "approximately 15 mins," so I think it can still be used for a 5 minute session. I would make sure that the time is indeed documented and the extent of the counseling provided is noted in the chart.

    Hope this helps and again this is my opinion.
    Last edited by dballard2004; 02-16-2011 at 10:00 AM.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P
    Compliance Auditor

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