Collection and interpretation of physiologic data requiring a minimum of 30 minutes of time

Prolonged Evaluation and Management (E/M) services are essential in certain situations, requiring precise coding to capture the extended nature of patient encounters. CPT code 99427 designates prolonged office or other outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) service for the first hour, requiring direct patient contact beyond the usual service time. This code is applied when healthcare providers engage in prolonged face-to-face time with patients in the office or other outpatient setting, extending beyond the typical duration of E/M services for the first hour.

Details

CPT code:

99427

Category:

Category I

Section:

Evaluation and Management (E/M)

Specialty:

Preventive Medicine Services - Counseling Risk Factor Reduction and Behavior Change Intervention

Type:

Other Preventive Medicine Services

In the realm of E/M services, 99427 holds significance, representing prolonged service in the office or other outpatient setting for the first hour. Healthcare providers utilize this code when engaging in prolonged face-to-face time with patients, extending beyond the usual duration of E/M services during the initial hour. Its use ensures accurate documentation of efforts in providing extended care during patient encounters in the outpatient setting.

Under what category does Collection and interpretation of physiologic data requiring a minimum of 30 minutes of time fall?

Category I

What is the billing unit for Collection and interpretation of physiologic data requiring a minimum of 30 minutes of time?

Per Encounter

Modifiers

-

Clinical use

Prolonged office or other outpatient evaluation and management service before and/or after the usual service period, on the same day, in the office or other outpatient setting.

Documentation

Prolonged physician service in the inpatient setting, requiring at least 30 minutes beyond the usual service. Clearly document each additional 30-minute increment of prolonged inpatient service, including the start and end times, and describe the specific activities or discussions justifying the additional time.

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