• If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ & read the forum rules. To view all forums, post or create a new thread, you must be an AAPC Member. If you are a member and have already registered for member area and forum access, you can log in by clicking here. If you've forgotten your username or password use our password reminder tool. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.
  • We're introducing new features and a new look to make the forums easier to use and more valuable to you. See what's new and let us know what you think!

Question Billing for eMOLST/extended time visits inpatient

Best answers
Hi, need professional coding opinions please :) So our hospitals do eMOLST for in and out patients. When they counsel a patient for an extended visit as an outpatient, they can bill for the extended E&M codes based on time which translates into a more expensive or highly reimbursed visit to discuss end of life planning. Question is when the patient is inpatient... if the attending (the person who is admitting and discharging the pt. like a Pulmonologist in the ICU or a Hospitalist) has that extra long conversation with the patient or family, can they get any extra money or is it all part of the DRG and makes no difference to how much the hospitals get reimbursed for that stay?