Question Neonatal Critical Care versus Intensive Care

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I'm having difficulty deciphering the difference between Neonatal Critical Care (99468-99476) vs Intensive Care (99477-99480) and their appropriate applications. When I share the CPT descriptions of these codes with our OB/Newborn providers, they interpret the codes to mean critical care is for their work in preparing an infant for transfer, and intensive care codes are for the receiving provider on transfer. I don't agree, but am unable to explain well the code application differences.

What are the code application difference in these two code series?
What best practices have you implemented for documentation to best describe these professional services?

Please provide links or support; I'd like to share with my coding team and our CDI team.
thanks,
 
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