This is the second lowest level of care for an established patient being seen in the office. Internists use this code for 4.4% of these encounters. Usually the presenting problems are self-limited or minor. The reimbursement for this code is approximately $39. If you are like most doctors, you are over-utilizing this code becasue you don't realize it only requires straightforward medical decision-making (which is essentially equivalent to the cognitive labor performed by a school nurse on a quiet day). To learn more, take the web-course.
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These are the most common patient encounters on the planet, so it's important to code correctly for these visits. Knowing the difference between a level 3 and level 4 established office patient can make a huge difference in your remibursement and income.