Billing Question

Cindyev67

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Our doctor wants to bill for a hospital discharge but the patient died on the same day. She did dictate a discharge summary for this patient but at the end of the report she states, "patient taken off life support and died a short time later." Can we bill for that? Our doctor was handling the pain management for this patient.

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Hi Cindy....I had a similar claim and found out that they only time you can bill for a hospital discharge is if the doctor was the one who pronounced the patient dead. Other than that, it is not billable.
 

ppalmer

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You can not bill a discharge in this case but IF your doctor saw this pt earlier in the day and did documentation that would support a followup visit then you can bill the supported followup hospital code.
 
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