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Topic Originator: tom
Post Date June 17, 2011 @ 1:59 PM
same day dischrage less than 8 hrs


tom
June 17, 2011 @ 1:59 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

A patinet was in the hospital, however less than 8 hours. I used a same day admit/discharge CPT 99235 but I think for patients who are present less than 8 hours require a different code.
Will someone please help me with the code?

shirley
July 22, 2011 @ 2:16 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

If the patient was admitted (inpatient) and the stay was less than 8 hours, you would use the initial hospital care codes (99221-99223) only, no code for the discharge.  

If the patient was kept in observation and discharged within 8 hours, you would use the initial observation care codes (99218-99220) only, again no code for the discharge.

tom
July 22, 2011 @ 3:08 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

Thanx for the reply shirley.



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