I am not familiar with this type of hospital in patient billing. My provider let me know that an OB patient was seen in triage. A face-to-face encounter was generated. What CPT codes would be used for this service? Thanks
Hi!Then you would bill an outpatient E/M.
Absolutely correct you cannot bill an E/M for example 1. A provider must see the patient to bill. This would not even qualify as an "incident to" service in this setting. For # 2 see the teaching physician rules for primary care services. https://www.hhs.gov/guidance/sites/.../Teaching_Physicians_Fact_Sheet_ICN006437.pdfHi!
I saw this thread and I have a questions similar to the above question.
1.If an OB patient goes to triage to rule out labor and is only evaluated by an RN, not a physician or a resident, this cannot be billed as an outpatient E&M correct? The RN only gives a verbal to the attending via telephone.
2. If an OB patient goes to triage for blood pressure evaluation and is physically seen by the resident, can the attending still bill an outpatient E&M for the triage visit due to receiving updates from the resident plus attesting the resident's H & P?
For both questions, the pt is not admitted to the hospital. I am almost certain for question # 1, I do not bill, but the provider says otherwise.
Thanks in advance for your assistance.
You will find an excellent article by ACOG regarding ob triage at the following link: https://www.acog.org/clinical/clini...7/hospital-based-triage-of-obstetric-patients.Follow up question: What designates OB TRIAGE Billing? I am new to this terminology.... When a patient presents to the hospital ER they are triaged in the Emergency Room and either treated in the ED department (outpatient status - department ED) or sent to L and D (outpatient or inpatient department and patient type - service type status is driven by provider inpatient, outpatient (injections, blood transfusions, iv infusions, etc) or observation).
Next question - Is there a specific certification for your hospital to be able to TRIAGE OB patients (designated room, designated area).
Joint Commission requirements, state requirements, or is this driven by policy and procedures set in place by your hospital?
Emergency rooms do not bill for TRIAGE- they triage you and then place you in a specific status - outpatient clinic, ED department, inpatient, observation, etc.
I need help understanding this terminology... with links to support your response. Thank you in advance for your information; it is truly and greatly appreciated.
If the patient is not an "inpatient" nor has she been admitted for observation, you bill an outpatient E/M code for ob triage. You would not bill an ED visit code unless the ob triage unit also sees any patient with any condition and any gender.I read the above referenced article and I may have missed it completely but I do not see where it states to bill out-patient E and M codes. Our patients are sent to L and D department for "OB triage" from the ED department. The "OB triage" or "Assessment" is done face to face by a provider and an order is written for the patient to be placed in outpatient observation (acute med/surg w/o telemetry observation) status and/or out-patient (outpatient) status according to the acuity of the patient and/or presenting problem. We bill based upon the order, patient type and service type department per insurance carrier guidelines. Our hospital will get an authorization (If required for observation status). I only code E and M if required by insurance carrier and/or the patient's hospital status is 100% outpatient status and not outpatient-observation status. I want to be billing correctly; help me ..... Thanks in advance.