Interprofessional Consult 21+

Prolonged Evaluation and Management (E/M) services are crucial in certain situations, requiring precise coding to capture the extended nature of patient encounters. CPT code 99448 designates prolonged evaluation and management (E/M) service in the inpatient setting, requiring direct patient contact beyond the usual service time. This code is applied when healthcare providers engage in prolonged face-to-face time with inpatients, extending beyond the typical duration of E/M services.

Details

CPT code:

99448

Category:

Category I

Section:

Evaluation and Management (E/M)

Specialty:

Non-Face-to-Face Services

Type:

Interprofessional Telephone/Internet/Electronic Health Record Consultations

In the realm of E/M services, 99448 plays a crucial role, representing prolonged service in the inpatient setting. Healthcare providers utilize this code when engaging in prolonged face-to-face time with inpatients, extending beyond the usual duration of E/M services. Its application ensures accurate documentation of efforts in providing extended care during patient encounters in the inpatient setting.

Under what category does Interprofessional Consult 21+ fall?

Category I

What is the billing unit for Interprofessional Consult 21+?

Per Encounter

Modifiers

-

Clinical use

Prolonged evaluation and management or psychotherapy service(s) (beyond the typical service time of the primary procedure) in the emergency department, with direct patient contact.

Documentation

Prolonged office or other outpatient evaluation and management service before and/or after the usual service; each additional 30 minutes. Clearly document each additional 30-minute increment of prolonged office or outpatient evaluation and management service, including the start and end times, and describe the specific activities or discussions justifying the additional time. (Comprehensive assessment and care coordination for patients with cognitive impairment)

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