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Sep 17th, 2015 - paula52 15 

in office labs

Our Dr. saw patient in the hospital, will follow-up in office, my question is can we do labs in office prior to the patients follow-up visit in our office.


Thanks,



Paula

Sep 17th, 2015 -

re: in office labs

Yes you may as long as you only bill for the lab work, there should not be any office visit involved, espically if the provider ordered the labs subsuquently to the follow up visit.

Sep 17th, 2015 - rphelps 615  1 

re: in office labs

Why can't you bill for the office visit? Unless there was major surgery done by your physician then these visits should be based on medical necessity and should stand alone.

Sep 17th, 2015 -

re: in office labs

in answer to this question, if the provider that saw the patient in the ER requested the labs and all the patient is coming in for is labs ordered by that provder, and the provider did not spend time w/the patient on the day of the labs there is no medical neccisssity to constitute an office visit. There is an article on Codepedia that speaks of this. Do your research on the question that was presented, the person stated the patient was only being seen for labs, before they saw the provider for the follow up from the ER!!

Sep 17th, 2015 - paula52 15 

re: in office labs

really! nothing was said about ER, you must not have read the question.

Sep 17th, 2015 -

re: in office labs

Ok, I'll take that, but still in reply to the question if the provider who ordered the labs in the hospital is the provider doing the follow up visit, and thats all thats being done, there is no reason to be charging an E&M visit until the patient is seen for the results with the provider to go over the labs:)

Sep 17th, 2015 - paula52 15 

re: in office labs

Thank You

Sep 17th, 2015 -

re: in office labs

your welcome:)



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