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Coding Corner

We frequently receive questions regarding the infamous “nurse visit,” and what documentation Medicare or other payers expect to see when billing the Current Procedural Terminology code 99211. So, what are the exact medical documentations that would support billing the evaluation and management (E&M) code 99211 alone or with other billable services?

You may know by now that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services created Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code Q5102 to be used when reporting “Injection, infliximab, biosimilar, 10 mg.” The October 2017 HCPCS update included a new modifier, ZC Merck/Samsung Bioepis, to be used with HCPCS code Q5102.

In the office or clinic setting, a level 4 established patient office visit (CPT 99214) has always been the Evaluation and Management (E&M) code most physicians and nonphysician practitioners are cautious about billing to avoid payer scrutiny, yet they appreciate when they can bill it because the reimbursement is fair.
Your provider is out of town attending a medical convention, but one of his partners is in the office. Is the visit with the nurse practitioner eligible for incident-to billing?

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