Code Z71.84 was added to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) on October 1, 2019, for reporting travel counseling. When travel counseling is the only service provided at an encounter, a preventive medicine counseling code (99401–99404) is appropriately reported with code Z71.84. Can you determine the correct codes for travel counseling provided at the same encounter as other services in the following scenarios? Answers can be found later in this newsletter.

A 13-year-old established patient presents for a routine health examination during which her parents request advice on health safety during an upcoming monthlong stay overseas. The pediatrician spends approximately 10 minutes discussing potential health concerns, including recommended prophylactic immunization, medical evacuation insurance, and referral to a travel clinic that can provide a recommended immunization not available in the pediatrician’s practice. Diagnoses are routine health examination and pretravel counseling.

A 45-month-old girl...

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