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  •  You are wrong & right in the same sentence (1+ / 0-)
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    Because they do not get paid specifically to "write a prescription".

    That is absolutely true.

    What they get paid for, is the time spent using their knowledge base and the patient's symptoms, current medications and any testing results, and coming to a diagnosis - or in the event nothing has changed, and the patient is asking for a refill, the time spent to ensure nothing in patient chart is new or cause to not order the refill, or to inform the patient they must return for a visit (and likely some basic blood & urine testing prior to the visit) before a refill can be authorized.

    All of this time spent IS billable. This time is the basis for the why the doctor then writes an Rx or a refill for one.

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    by Angie in WA State on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:28:29 PM PST

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      time is used as a summary shorthand to explain E&M coding, but when it comes to actual coding, it does not make a difference. The other time you describe goes into the formulation, but the writing of a single Rx during a visit won't make a difference. It won't raise an office visit from a level 4 to a level 4.

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      by dhonig on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 06:01:22 AM PST

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