Medicare denial for E/M service "qualifying service/procedure" not rendered...
I bill for a family practice/internist in NJ. Medicare is denying many of our E/M services (even when that is the only service rendered) for the denial code "CO-B15, M80 (THIS SERVICE\PROVIDER REQUIRES THAT A QUALIFYING SERVICE/PROCEDURE BE RECEIVED AND COVERED)"
Have any of you encountered this? If so, what on Earth would a qualifying service to an E/M code be! I mean a doppler or other test, sure, I can see the chain of decision making and coding there, but for an E/M code?