“Many physicians are unaware that they can bill for some of these extra services,” says Dr. Ardoin. “For example, if you use a scorable tool—and all of ours are scorable—to address readiness, there is a CPT code that can be used to account for the extra time.”
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In the end, what’s important is making sure that patients are transferred from one provider to another in ways that ensure better continuity of care as they move through their life.
“When you are making changes and incorporating them into your practice, it is a lot of work up front,” says Dr. Oppermann. “But when you are done, it pays off in the end.”
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Kurt Ullman is a freelance writer based in Indiana.
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