Perhaps because it is located “in the middle”, the 99203 is the most frequently used code for new office patients. Internists use this code for 22% of these encounters in 2012. The Medicare allowable reimbursement for this visit is about $108 and it is worth 1.42 work RVUs. Usually the presenting problems are of mild to moderate severity.
The documentation for this encounter requires THREE out of THREE of the following :
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Now that the consult codes have been eliminated for Medicare patients, the new office patient visit has become the most common outpatient initial encounter. Learn exactly what needs to be documented for each level of care for these visits. All levels of care are discussed.