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Need DX for patients who are "Traveling"

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    Default Need DX for patients who are "Traveling"
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    I have a couple that came into the office because they will be traveling. They both had office visits and received DPT vaccines. How should this be coded? And as always, thanks for all of your help.

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    We have a travel clinic and use CPT codes 99401-99404 and ICD-9 codes V65.40 or V65.43; as well as the appropriate immunization codes.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    Thank you Lisa !!

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    I should add that most insurance's do not cover these visits. You should think about having a waiver/ABN (if Medicare) signed...
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    That was my thought too. Thanks.

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    I have had this scenerio come up recently as well and I used V07.8 need for prophylactic measure. Do you think I am way off base using this code? Help

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    I don't think you are way off base...that's just not a code we had ever considered. Now you have me thinking...
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    Thanks for the reply Lisa. In my case if I remember right they also gave the patient a prescription in case of diarrhea while overseas. So, I thought that really fell in the prophylactic category. I also have used the counseling codes on similar cases. I guess it all depends on each individual visit and documentation...doesn't it always!! LOL!!

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