99024 cpt code

CPT 99024 | Postoperative Follow-Up Visit | E/M For Original Procedure

Report CPT code 99024 for a postoperative follow-up visit for an E/M service typically included in the surgical package. 

What Is CPT Code 99024?

CPT code 99024 describes a postoperative follow-up visit for an E/M service usually included in the surgical package.

99024 can be used when a patient has recently had surgery and is returning to the doctor for a follow-up visit to evaluate their progress and address any issues related to the original procedure.

It is considered included in the surgical package. Therefore, the procedure is typically covered under the same fee schedule or bundled with the original surgical procedure and not separately billable.

Description

The CPT book describes CPT code 99024 as: “Postoperative follow-up visit, normally included in the surgical package, to indicate that an evaluation and management service was performed during a postoperative period for a reason(s) related to the original procedure.”

Procedure

A provider offers an Evaluation and Management (E/M) service to a patient concerning a surgical procedure that the patient has previously undergone.

This E/M service is furnished during the global period, the defined period after a surgical procedure in which specific follow-up care and treatment related to the procedure can be provided.

The E/M service provided is of the same type typically included within the global period for the procedure in question.

The purpose of the code used to report this E/M service is to allow the provider to keep track of the service for their records without billing the patient.

How To Use CPT 99024

CPT code 99024 not be billed separately as it is considered to be included in the surgical package and a zero-charge code.

Document the visit, including the patient’s improvement and treatment options, rather than only standard evaluation and management service documentation.

If other unrelated services are provided during this visit, appropriate codes for those services may be reported in addition to CPT 99024.

Check the Surgery Guidelines for more information about billing the CPT code 99024 as part of a surgical package.

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