CPT 99211, 99211 CPT code, 99211

(2022) CPT 99211 – Description, Billing Guidelines & Examples

The 99211 CPT code can be billed for visits that do not require the presence of a physician or other qualified health care professional. The code has been updated on the 1st of January 2022. The description and billing guidelines for CPT 99211 can be found below.

99211 CPT Code Description

CPT 99211 is updated on the first of January 2022. CPT revised CPT 99211 to remove the phrase “usually, the presenting problem(s) are minimal” from the descriptor.

Description 2021

The 2021 description of CPT 99211 was as follows:

“Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, that may not require the presence of a physician or other qualified health care professional. Usually, the presenting problem(s) are minimal. Typically, 5 minutes are spent performing or supervising these services.”

Description 2022

CPT 99211 is changed on the 1st of January 2022 and is defined by the manual as follows:

“Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, that may not require the presence of a physician or other qualified health care professional. Usually, the presenting problem(s) are minimal.”

The billing guidelines for the 99211 CPT code can be found below.

Billing Guidelines For CPT 99211

The provider, often a nurse, provides a service to an established patient. CPT 99211 does not require a physician or other qualified healthcare professional to see the patient. 

Physicians and qualified healthcare professionals can independently report professional services.

A clinical staff member cannot report that professional service. They are allowed to perform or assist in the performance of a specific professional service but they can not report CPT 99211.

An qualified health care professional is someone qualified by trainin and education. Licensing rules and regulations are applicable.

Facility privileging rules are also applicable qualified health care professional who performs a professional service in their scope of practice.

The 99211 CPT code can apply for a:

  • nurse;
  • physician; or
  • nonphysician practitioner (NPP);

CPT 99211 can be used for the health professionals mentioned above but visits with physicians and NPPs typically qualify for a higher level code.

CPT code 99211 is described as a face-to-face meeting with a patient consisting of both assessment elements (requiring documentation of a necessary and clinically relevant data exchange) and management (providing patient care that influences the process decision making or education of the patient).

The documentation must be legible and comprise of the identity and credentials of the service provider.

When CPT 99211 is billed as an ‘incident to’ service, the doctor’s service can be performed by ancillary personnel and billed as if the doctor had given the service.

The documentation must contain the identity and credentials of the attending physician and of the staff who provided the service.

The notes should indicate the degree of involvement of the physician and document the connection between the services of the two providers.

All CPT code 99211 services of which do not document or prove that an evaluation and management service was given and was required will be denied after review.

Inappropriate Usage Of the 99211 CPT Code

Don’t use CPT 99211 to bill Medicare for phone calls to patients.

Don’t report CPT 99211 to bill Medicare solely for the writing of prescriptions (new or refill) when no other evaluation and management is necessary or performed.

Don’t use the 99211 CPT code to bill Medicare for blood pressure checks when the information obtained does not lead to management of a condition or illness.

Don’t report CPT 99211 to bill Medicare when drawing blood for laboratory analysis or when performing other diagnostic tests whether or not a venipuncture or other diagnostic study test is submitted separately.

Don’t use CPT 99211 to bill Medicare when drawing blood for laboratory analysis for anti-coagulation monitoring and no face to face counseling occurs with the beneficiary, even if a results later that day are called to the beneficiary.

Don’t report the 99211 CPT code for face to face counseling that is provided without a medical need for such counseling; i.e., provided solely because the patient comes for laboratory testing.

Don’t report CPT 99211 to bill Medicare routinely when administering medications whether or not an injection (or infusion) code is submitted separately.

Examples For CPT 99211

Below 24 billing examples for the 99211 CPT code.

Example 1

Office visit for an 82-year-old female, established patient for a monthly B12 injection with documented Vitamin B12 deficiency. (Geriatrics/Internal Medicine/Family Medicine)

Example 2

Office visit for a 50-year-old male, established patient, for removal of uncomplicated facial sutures. (Plastic Surgery)

Example 3

Office visit for an established patient who lost prescription for lichen planus, Returned for new copy. (Dermatology)

Example 4

Office visit for an established patient undergoing orthodontics who complains of a wire that is irritating his/her cheek and asks you to check it. (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery)

Example 5

Office visit for a 50-year-old female, established patient, seen for her gold injection by the nurse. (Rheumatology)

Example 6

Office visit for a 73-year-old female, established patient, with pernicious anemia for weekly B12 injection. (Gastroenterology)

Example 7

Office visit for an established patient for dressing change on a skin biopsy. (Dermatology)

Example 8

Office visit for a 19-year-old female, established patient, for removal of sutures from a 2 cm laceration of forehead, which you placed four days ago in ER. (Plastic Surgery)

Example 9

Office visit of a 20-year-old female, established patient, who receives an allergy vaccine injection and is observed for a reaction by the nurse. (Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery)

Example 10

Office visit for a 45-year-old male, established patient, with chronic renal failure for the administration of erythropoietin. (Nephrology)

Example 11

Office visit for an established patient, a Peace Corps enlistee, who requests documentation that third molars have been removed. (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery)

Example 12

Office visit for a 69-year-old female, established patient, for partial removal of antibiotic gauze from an infected wound site. (Plastic Surgery)

Example 13

Office visit for a 9-year-old, established patient, successfully treated for impetigo, release to return to school. (Dermatology/Pediatrics)

Example 14

Office visit for an established patient requesting a return-to-weak certificate for resolving contact dermatitis. (Dermatology)

Example 15

Office visit for an established patient who is performing glucose monitoring and wants to check accuracy of machine with lab blood glucose by technician who checks accuracy and function of patient machine. (Endocrinology)

Example 16

Follow-up office visit for a 65-year-old female with a chronic indwelling percutaneous nephrostomy catheter seen for routine pericatheter skin care and dressing change. (Interventional Radiology)

Example 17

Outpatient visit with 19-year-old male, established patient, for supervised drug screen. (Addiction Medicine)

Example 18

Office visit with 12-year-old male, established patient, for cursory check of hematoma one day after venipuncture. (Internal Medicine)

Example 19

Office visit with 31-year-old female, established patient, for return to work certificate. (Anaesthesiology)

Example 20

Office visit for a 42-year-old, established patient, to read tuberculin test results. (Allergy & Immunology)

Example 21

Office visit for 14-year-old, established patient, to re-dress an abrasion. (Orthopaedic Surgery)

Example 22

Office visit for a 45-year-old female, established patient, for a blood pressure check. (Obstetrics & Gynaecology)

Example 23

Office visit for a 23-year-old, established patient, for instruction in use of peak flow meter. (Allergy & Immunology)

Example 24

Office visit for prescription refill for a 35-year-old female, established patient, with schizophrenia who is stable but has run out of neuroleptic and is scheduled to be seen in a week. (Psychiatry)

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