Prolonged services without direct patient contact

As of Jan. 1, CMS authorized non-face-to-face prolonged services (CPT 99358, 99359) as payable services. These are not add-on codes and may be billed without the presence of a base E&M service on the claim. They must, however, be directly tied to a billed face-to-face service performed by the same rendering/ billing provider. Time spent in performing these services must meet or exceed 31 minutes.