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An infliximab infusion has to be stopped because the patient had an adverse reaction. The infusion was discontinued after 25 minutes with only 200 mg of infliximab infused and was flushed with 500 cc of normal saline solution for 35 minutes. The patient was given 50 mg of methylprednisolone to counter the reaction. How would this be coded?
What level of visit should be billed if an established patient sees a rheumatologist for 45 minutes, and more than 25 minutes of the visit were spent on face-to-face counseling and coordination of care for the patient? The rheumatologist discussed drug interactions, an exercise plan, and diet plan with the patient.
How many patients does it take to qualify for measure group reporting for the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative? How many measures are in the rheumatoid arthritis measure group?
If a patient presents with two stable chronic diseases and one new problem with workup ordered, what level would the number of diagnoses or treatment options be?