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JCAAI 99211+95115: Appealing E/M With Allergy Injection Denials

Posted on 23. Nov, 2010 by in Toolkit

March 21, 2007

Dear JCAAI Member:

We recently surveyed JCAAI members regarding reimbursement for an E&M service on the same day as a skin test or on the same day as an injection (95115 – 95117). Well over 80% are paid for an E&M service on the same day as a skin test. Far fewer are paid for an E&M service on the same day as an injection. In particular, the majority of allergists reported that they were not paid for an injection on the same day they billed a minimal office visit (99211).

Under Medicare policy, neither the injections codes nor the skin testing codes have global periods. Codes that have global periods (typically procedure codes) usually cannot be billed with an office visit because the E & M service is considered bundled into the procedure. Codes that do not have global periods do not include any bundling of...

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