Getting paid for evaluation and management (E/M) services provided to children who are overweight or obese, with or without comorbidities, is challenging. This issue of AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter™ will address coding for services provided to children who are overweight or obese. An update on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocacy activities directed at improving coverage of and payment for obesity services is addressed in Denials to Dollars.

Refer to the May 2009 issue (Vol 4, No. 8) of AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter for details about reporting prolonged physician services.

==> Stay tuned!Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) 2010will provide additional instructions on the use of consultations and more clearly define transfer of care. Also, guidelines for reporting non-face-to-face prolonged physician services (99358, 99359) are revised in 2010.

A 10-year-old new patient is seen for her preventive medicine visit. Her body mass index (BMI) is in the 95th...

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