I code for a doc that does routine exams. He also likes to have his patients come in once a year for a complete physical (not a routine, but complete physical) in order to make sure that chronic conditions are being controlled and to find any new medical conditions. I asked him what the difference was between his annual exam verses his routine exam and there was none. Per CPT the exam just has to be age appropriate and allows the physician to do what they deem medically necessary. What he does when a patient comes in for a "Routine" exam, is state that as the CC.
If your going to bill for a "Preventative" exam, the physician needs to state that in the medical record for the CC. He can't say the patient is there for for their DM, HTN and COPD and then bill a routine exam. That would not make sense.
I hope this helps.
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