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Provided by Carolyn Buppert, MSN, JD, ANP

What documentation is required to back up a bill for a 99214 visit?

There are three sets of documentation guidelines issued by HCFA--the 1995, 1997 and 2000 versions. The 2000 version is not official, but a draft was released in June 2000, and those guidelines will be pilot-tested in the coming year.

Documenting a 99214 visit means addressing, in the progress note, 2 of 3 aspects of medical work--history, physical examination and medical decision-making. History is subdivided into 3 sections--history of present illness (HPI), review of systems (ROS), and past, family and social history (PFSH). Documenting a 99204 (new patient) visit means addressing, in the progress note, all 3 aspects of medical work.

This tip is excerpted from a recent issue of The Green Sheet, a newsletter on compensation and reimbursement for nurse practitioners, published monthly by the Law Office of Carolyn Buppert.

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Updated October 17, 2000


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