This is the most popular code used to bill for new patients being seen in the office. Internists select the 99204 code for 47% of these encounters in 2012. The Medicare allowable reimbursement for this level of care is approximately $166 and it is worth 2.43 work RVUs. Usually the presenting problems are of moderate to high severity.
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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.