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    This is probably going to sound like a stupid question, but is there another place to find clinical examples for outpatient E/M services, besides Appendix C? I need to find some that are a little more relevant to the charts I'm auditing...

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    25 year old established patient, 17 weeks pregnant, fever, productive cough, sinus drainage, congestion, sore throat, SOB, and bilateral earache.
    Duration: 5 days
    Course: Worsening
    Negative for influenza
    Diagnosis: Acute Bronchitis, Acute suppurative otitis media NOS
    MD performed nebulizer Tx in office (94640), and prescribed cefprozil 500mg
    Also advised to get lots of fluids, rest, tylenol for fevers and discomfort.

    He documented a comprehensive history and exam, and moderate MDM by my count (he almost always has either a detailed or comp H&P - his biggest trouble area is matching his work to the medical necessity of the presenting problem), and he scored this as a 99214 - was this visit severe enough to warrant a level IV exam? (Or even level V, for that matter?)

    I've read the examples in the CPT about 100 times, now, and none of them are really similar enough to this to fit. Any thoughts?

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    Default Level 4
    I think that if this was a new problem(first visit for this particular problem) it would meet the medical necessity for a level 4, in my opinion.
    LeeAnn

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    I am not a doctor, so I do not second-guess the physician's documentation as far as whether it was medically necessary to do X vs Y.

    If the documentation supports a level 4 visit, that's the code.

    But to answer your question, Brandi ... you have a 17-week pregnant female with worsening symptoms, and ultimately diagnosed with bronchitis serious enough to require a nebulizer treatment in the office, plus Rx.

    I have seen plenty of visits for kids with otitis medea coded to a 99214.

    I certainly wouldn't argue with the doctor's decision to perform what s/he performed and documented.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    I am not a doctor, so I do not second-guess the physician's documentation as far as whether it was medically necessary to do X vs Y.

    If the documentation supports a level 4 visit, that's the code.

    But to answer your question, Brandi ... you have a 17-week pregnant female with worsening symptoms, and ultimately diagnosed with bronchitis serious enough to require a nebulizer treatment in the office, plus Rx.

    I have seen plenty of visits for kids with otitis medea coded to a 99214.

    I certainly wouldn't argue with the doctor's decision to perform what s/he performed and documented.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
    In this situation, no I wasn't questioning his exam - but over 60% of his E/M's are billed out as 99214's, whether the medical necessity is there or not. Our MAC is VERY picky about level 4 and 5 codes - they say not to even consider the higher levels unless the patient has a 50/50 chance of loss of life or bodily function without immediate treatment. Thanks for the input! I'll go with 99214 on this one, then.

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