- Time is the face-to-face time with the patient
- “Interpretation and report” in the code description is not intended to indicate that report writing is part of the reported time.
- A unit of time is attained when the mid-point is passed. For example, an hour is attained when 31 minutes have elapsed (more than midway between zero and sixty minutes). A second hour is attained when a total of 91 minutes have elapsed.
- For codes ranked in sequential typical times, when the actual time for the service falls between two typical times, the code with a typical time closest to the actual time is reported. (i.e. E&M when 38 minutes were spent, and the closest time is 35 minutes)
- When another service (such as a procedure) is performed concurrently with a time based service, the time associated with the concurrent service should not be included in the time used for reporting the time based service.
- Times for services measured in units other than days are considered continuous times even if the service extends into another calendar date.
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