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The role of nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) is growing — but so is the shortage of physician health care providers. This is expected to lead to an expansion in the practice capabilities of these providers, and you’re likely to see some changes in their relationship with physicians.
The fiscal year (FY) 2021 update to the ICD-10-CM code set includes 26 new codes for nervous system conditions, such as cerebellar ataxia, Dravet syndrome and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) leaks.
Question: My patient is visiting aged relatives and wants a COVID test before she goes to reduce the chance of infecting them. How should I code this? And will Medicare deny the charge for lack of medical necessity, as my patient lacks any symptoms?
The number of office E/M codes that nurse practitioners (NP) are reporting under Medicare Part B has been on a significant upswing in recent years. Total claims for their most-billed office code, 99214, are up 114% from 2014 to 2018.


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