Question Are ED E/M codes a per day code or a per visit code?

msnbabs001

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Such as patient goes to ED Monday afternoon and is still there the next day. Do you bill 1 ED code for the complete visit or 1 ED E/M per day?

I appreciate any guidelines that you can supply with your answer as I have not been able to find any.

Thank you,
Barb
 

tnawheeler

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I have a coding tip in my E/M section under the ED
Time is not a descriptive component for the emergency department level of E/M services because emergency department services are typically provided on a variable intensity basis, often involving multiple encounters with several patients over an extended period of time. therefore it is often difficult for physicians to provide accurate estimates of the time spent face to face with the patient

and if it becomes an inpatient situation the ED will not get billed separately it becomes part of the inpatient billing
 
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