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Using a questionnaire as the hpi???

We have a new provider in our clinic and she is using a patient’s questionnaire as the HPI. Can she do this? Although it is covering some of severity, duration and timing, it is still in a questionnaire format and not in the providers words or in paragraph form. I have never seen this done before. Is this compliant?


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Sacrococcygeal joint injection

My Provider did a coccyx joint injection and I can not find the correct CPT code. The Dx code is M53.3 (sacrococcygeal disorder) He coded 20604 and I can not bill that code with the diagnosis code M53.3. It is not 64450 and he said it is not 62323. what code can I use?
Reason for Appointment
1. Coccyx pain

1. Sacrococcygeal disorders, not elsewhere classified – M53.3 (Primary), Sacrococcygeal joint injection performed today with ultrasound guidance for coccyx pain. Had a periarticular injection performed a few weeks ago without much benefit. He has continued pain at the tip of the sacrum. He wants to explore all options before considering surgery on the spondylolisthesis at the lower lumbar spine. He has tenderness over the sacrococcygeal joint. With ultrasound guidance I advanced a 25-gauge needle using a cephalad to caudal approach into the sacrococcygeal joint. 6 mg Celestone and 1 cc 2% lidocaine injected

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How to quote abort services for pscyh testing 96101 is modifier 52 appropriate to use


I have to bill for psych testing-96101 that doctor/psychologist had to abort because patient wouldn’t participate at all, she spent 2 hours on it reviewing notes, talking to the parents, observing a patient and DI-90791 was done on a different date as well, so I was wondering if using modifier 52 with this procedure code would be appropriate? We have to get paid at least a little bit for doctor’s work. Thanks so much

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“diagnosis inconsistent with the procedure”

I am getting this message from one of our state medicaid MCOs in reference to the diagnosis code associated with an E/M CPT. the CPT is 99214 and the diagnosis code is Z33.2. What are the rules for pairing DX codes with CPT codes? I thought when an E/M is done, and a decision for surgery(minor) is made for the same day, the DX code for the procedure could be attached to the E/M code. Am I missing something?

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Myringotomy tube removal and expression of pus from the same ear. HELP!!

I am very confused about a report I currently have.

My doctor performed cerumen removal on the left side. On the right side, he performed ventilating tube removal and then expressed pus from the posterior earlobe.

How would the codes look like? I am thinking either 1,2 or 3:

  1. 69000, 69424-59, 69210-XS
  2. 69000, 69210-XS
  3. 69424, 10060, 69210-XS

Thanks everyone!

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How long after an interview?

Hello Coders,

I am a new CPC-A having attained my certification in May 2017. I have sent out a lot of applications and resumes. I finally got an interview this past Monday. The interviewer told me she would definitely be in touch with me. I felt like the interview was one of my best.

Here it is 4+ days later and I have heard nothing. I wrote a "Thank You" note to her on the same day for interviewing me. Everyone I met was very friendly and seemed sincere.

Is it too soon to hear anything? They are supposed to be hiring 4 people for 4 positions. Also, another supervisor was supposed to attend my interview but wasn’t present. I was also told that this employer has hired 4 students from the program I graduated from in May.

It’s been a while since I have actively looked for employment since I have been in school for a few years. I also realize that in some companies there is a lot of red tape and processes that take lots of time.

I would love to hear from any of you out there who have experienced this. I am feeling like I am not making any progress at all. I suppose I am being a bit impatient.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.:p

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Finding a job once I’m certified

I am currently taking the online CPC course. I’m starting to get really nervous about finding a job once I am certified. I need to do remote work due to having young kids both with medical problems. I am going to do the practicode once I pass my CPC exam. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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My Dr is wanting to start a g tube clinic. He wants our office nurse to change the g tubes in this clinic. He will not be in the clinic he will be around the hospital or here in the office.
How would this be billed? Would it be billed under him as long as he signs that it was done? I am not sure about RN’s billings. I have only billed for our NP.
Thank you for any help.

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