Observation Code Clarification

kamala

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Good Day Everyone

Can Observation Status extend more than one day in a hospitalist setup. If this being the case, can I bill 99217 as discharge code using POS 22 (Outpatient).

Also when I bill 99234 along with 99220 on the same day, what is the Place of Service to be billed in above scenario.

We are looking into a new client and they are insisting on we bill as OP Visits all these cases, so just wanted to make sure that it is as per compliance.

Regards

Kamala
 

Lisa Bledsoe

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Observation is usually 23 hours (or less) 99218-99220 admit day and 99217 the next day. If the patient is admitted and discharged on the same DATE, use 99234-99236. POS = 22.

You can't bill 99220 with 99234. 99234 includes admit and discharge same day. POS can be 21 or 22. :)
 
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