coding question about cath UAs
I think I must be doing something wrong- our new billing person brought to my
attention that when I do a cath UA here in the office the insurers will pay
for either that or the visit but not for both. This is something I was not
I use the code 51701 for a cath UA in addition to my visit code. Now, last
Friday I did a full sepsis workup on a 4 week old febrile infant and admitted
the child. Though I saw the child here in the office and then admitted him
and saw him that evening again I did not charge for the office visit but did
charge for the LP, the cath UA and the blood draw. I wonder if all these
procedures are going to be lumped into the H and P?
How do you bill for these sort of common scenarios?
Kim Burlingham, MD