Question: The internist stops a patient’s nosebleed. Is this always a procedure?
Answer: No, if a patient reports with a nosebleed and the physician stops the bleeding with basic methods, you’ll typically opt for the appropriate-level E/M code.
E/M methods: Code minimal attempts at stoppage — including ice or brief, direct pressure — as an E/M service. CPT does not consider these types of treatments separately billable procedures, so an E/M is the way to capture the services the physician provides.
For example, a 62-year-old established patient reports to the internist with an active right-nostril nosebleed that has lasted for three hours. The internist performs a problem focused history and exam, then uses ice and pressure to treat the nosebleed. Read on for how to code this scenario …
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