E&M Coding Based on Time

E&M Coding Based on Time

November 17, 2022

Our physicians default to time for almost every office encounter. We are working with them on documentation and what work contributes to total time and what does not. They perform their own independent interpretation of X-Rays (we bill globally), perform injections, and reduce fractures in the office. They are counting the total time spent with the patient, including these activities and we do not believe that is correct. Can you help?

Thank you for your inquiry. We will not address the default to time for almost every encounter other than to say medical necessity must be present for time spent.

With that said, the activities you identify, because they are billable services represented by other CPT codes (aka are separately reported), do not contribute to the total time spent; this time must be deducted from the total time, assuming the E&M service is reportable.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 11/17/22.






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