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Medical Billing Dilemma – POS Codes

Medical Billing Dilemma – POS Codes

For correct payment amount, accurate place of service codes are required. The failure to provide the correct place of service code with the correct current procedural terminology code for E/M services will cause your claim to get denied. One of the most important elements of medical billing is the place of service code.

In medical billing, the place of service codes for an evaluation and management are commonly misused. There are several current procedural terminology codes for an evaluation and management session that correspond to different medical billing place of service codes. When using CPT 99341 (Home visit for the evaluation and management of a new patient) through 99350 (which means the same as 99341 except with an established patient), the only POS code available for use is 12. This means home.

Many billers get confused with these medical place of service codes. If a patient is in an assisted care center, many people consider this a home and bill with place of service code 12. This would be incorrect. POS 12 is reserved for house, apartments, etc visits. There is actually a more specific code for an assisted care center in medical billing, the correct POS code would be 13.

Basically, for every current procedural terminology code, there is a correct place of service code that corresponds to it. if these medical codes are used incorrectly in billing, it will cost your practice time and money. Insurance companies will deny the claims and your office will have to correct the problem. With the use of an outside medical billing company, you can erase this problem from your mind. Medical billing companies are versed in the correct billing procedures for every medical service. They check claims for accuracy before they are submitted and take care of any claims that come back unprocessed. Correct medical billing POS codes are essential for maximum practice profitability.

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