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    Veronica Bradley, CPC, CPMA

    Prolonged services with or without direct patient contact on the date of an evaluation and management (E/M) service have two codes: 99417 and 99418. 

    • Code 99417 is used to report prolonged service on the date of an outpatient visit or visit to home/residence. 
    • Code 99418 is used to report prolonged service in a hospital or nursing facility. 

    These codes are reported only when the time of the primary service has been selected based solely on time and exceeds by 15 minutes. Prolonged time codes are reported in increments of 15 minutes.

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    Veronica Bradley

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    Veronica Bradley, CPC, CPMA

    Veronica Bradley, CPC, CPMA, is a Senior Industry Advisor with MGMA and is CPC and CPMA certified. She has over 20 years’ experience in medical coding and auditing in various specialties. She is also well-versed hierarchical condition category and risk adjustment coding. Other areas of expertise include evaluation and management, procedural coding, Medicare reimbursement, and other critical factors in coding and auditing. Veronica has worked in private practice, group practices, academic school of medicine and hospitals. She focuses on educating based coding guidelines and code capture accuracy for all medical practice staff and believes coders must build rapport with healthcare providers to ensure healthy communication as necessary in the charge capture process. Veronica received a bachelor’s degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado in Health Information Management with a minor in Healthcare Administration. In her free time, Veronica appreciates spending time with her family enjoying the beautiful Colorado scenery.


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