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Question: We often see patients who had surgery in St. Louis and come to us for post-operative X-rays rather than driving back for X-ray check-ups. One of our PAs recently saw a patient who falls into this scenario. The patient is still in the global period, but we are not taking over post-operative care. Can we charge an office visit or just the X-ray?

Question: We’re billing for a second surgeon who did light work on a procedure. What’s the difference between 80 (Assistant surgeon) and 81 (Minimum assistant surgeon)?
Question: Prolonged service code 99358 (Prolonged evaluation and management service before and/or after direct patient care; first hour) is now bundled into all the nursing facility codes (99304-99318). This doesn't make sense to me. Anybody know why?
Question: We've had a request from one of our physicians to report chronic care management (CCM) code 99490 using osteoarthritis as one of the qualifying factors. Has anyone used this in the orthopedic setting? The CCM guidelines mention three conditions that must be met to bill, and I’m wondering if the patient has to meet all three of the criteria and not just some or part of it.
Question: In the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule’s virtual groups section, CMS mentions “self-referral” a few times. Why did that come up?
Question: A doctor's note on a patient taking treatment for a shingles outbreak reads, "I did not recommend I&D [incision and drainage], but the patient's wife insisted." Is the provider admitting a lack of medical necessity, rendering the procedure unbillable to insurance (Medicare or other)?
Question: May a locum tenens doctor fill in for a deceased doctor?
Question: My practice is seeing more and more cases of drug screening over the past several months. How can I stay compliant with these screens? Is there a national policy related to correct coding?
Question: Can you bill for a 69209 (Removal of cerumen using irrigation/lavage) when a medical assistant performs the service? The CPT Changes clinical example is for a nurse but my providers feel that it should be able to be billed for when a medical assistant performs it.
Question: In the following scenario, is critical-care code 99291 payable for the attending physician and add-on code 99292 payable for a non-physician practitioner (NPP)? Here’s what happened: The physician spent 60 minutes with the patient providing critical care. Later that day, the NPP spent 20 minutes with the patient providing critical care. How should they bill? 


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