Critically Ill Patient

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How would you code an Inpatient visit where the patient is intubated, severely ill and the physician is "unable to properly examine" the patient?

I know of the discussions for unable to obtain History, but not for Exam. Does the visit just fall to Problem Focused (if at least one organ system is identified)?

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Lora
 
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Initial or Subsequent?

If this is a subsequent hospital visit you only need two of the 3 elements - so History and MDM will give you your level

If this is a critical care visit ... the physician must document the critical nature of the patient's condition, and the CRITICAL CARE provided, as well as the total time spent face-to-face with the patient.

If this is an initial hospital visit ... well, no matter HOW cirtically ill the patient is, you have to examine him/her! How else will the physician know what to do?

Hope that helps.

F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
 
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