Can you bill an E/M service when the patient isn’t present?

What happens when a provider meets with a family to discuss and develop a care plan for patients? Providers will give the parent the option to have the patient present or just the parent/guardian due to the sensitivity of the discussion.

Some scenarios where this may occur are cancer patients where the family wants to talk to the provider alone on treatment options or mortality issues, or pediatric patients where the conversation may be too sensitive to have the child present. But what can you bill for?

Terry covers this controversial topic in this edition of the CodeCast podcast.

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