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Reporting Prolonged Services
By Jackie Miller, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC, PCS

Most of the CPT® codes for evaluation and management (E/M) services have a "typical" service time associated with them. The CPT manual states that "the specific times expressed in the visit code descriptors are averages and, therefore, represent a range of times that may be higher or lower depending on actual clinical circumstances."

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