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Level 5 New Patient Office Visit (99205)

The 99205 represents the highest level of care for new patients seen in the office.  This is the third most popular code used to bill for these encounters among internist who selected the 99205 level of care for 29.66% of new office patients in 2015.  The 2017 Medicare allowable reimbursement for this level of care is $209.23 and it is worth 3.17 work RVUs. Usually the problems are of moderate to high severity.

The documentation for this encounter requires THREE out of THREE of the following :

1)  Comprehensive History
2)  Comprehensive Exam
3)  High Complexity Medical Decision-Making

Or 60 minutes spent face-to-face with the patient if coding based on time.The appropriate documentation must be included.

Clinical Example

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New Office Patients

New Office Patients
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