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Using preventive prolonged service codes? Log at least 16 minutes over

Effective Jul 1, 2021
Published Jul 5, 2021
Last Reviewed Jul 1, 2021
Question: Our provider did a depression screening billable with G0444 (Depression screening, 15 minutes) and went a little over the 15 minutes required. The provider thinks we should add the prolonged preventive service code G0513 (Prolonged preventive service[s] [beyond the typical service time of the primary procedure], in the office or other outpatient setting requiring direct patient contact beyond the usual service; first 30 minutes [list separately in addition to code for preventive service]). Our provider didn’t add anywhere near 30 minutes to the session, however. Can we still claim it?

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