In the April 2000 issue [page 16], you recommended submitting ICD-9 codes V70.3 or V70.5 for a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. What CPT code should be submitted: a preventive medicine services code or 99214/99215?
Both of the diagnosis codes referenced in the April 2000 issue fall under the heading of general medical examination given to a person without reported diagnosis. In such a case, I would recommend using one of the preventive medicine services codes (e.g., 99395) rather than a problem-oriented code (e.g., 99214 or 99215).
Kent Moore is the AAFP's manager for health care financing and delivery systems and is a contributing editor to FPM. Conflicts of interest: none reported.
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