Time is the face-to-face time with the patient. Phrases such as “interpretation and report” in the code descriptor are not intended to indicate that report writing is part of the reported time. A unit of time is attained when the mid-point is passed. For example, an hour is attained when 31 minutes have elapsed (more than midway between zero and sixty minutes). A second hour is attained when a total of 91 minutes have elapsed. When codes are ranked in sequential typical times and the actual time is between typical times, the code with the typical time closest to the actual time is used.
A few reminders when coding services based on time –
2017 CPT Coding Updates
Please refer to your current CPT coding resources to obtain a complete understanding of the guidelines associated with reporting time based services.
These are just some of the changes we face in 2017. Fortunately, help is available – if you have coding questions, contact your Provider Coordinator. We’re happy to help.
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