When coding for preventive care, be sure to use the correct encounter code with the procedure as well as the appropriate modifier if required.
New Patient: A patient that has not received any professional services i.e., E&M or any other face to face service from the physician or group within the previous three years. Be sure you code as an encounter for health exam using the following Z-Codes:
Z00.110 Health supervision for newborn under 8 days old or Z00.111 Health supervision for newborns 8 to 28 days old or Z00.121 Routine child health exam with abnormal findings Z00.129 Routine child health exam without abnormal findings
Z00.00 General adult medical exam without abnormal findings Z00.01 General adult medical exam with abnormal findings
Also remember to used modifier 33 if the service was initiated as a preventative service even if the visit required additional services. Be sure to code any abnormal findings as well. Read the attached article to verify the preventative service requires the use of modifier 33, Modifier 33 for Preventive Care. As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), healthcare insurance companies are required to pay for some preventive services, and many have already deemed such services as immunizations, screenings, well-child examinations, and screening mammograms among others.
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