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Expired InPt

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    I cannot seem to find a straight answer on what code should be used when a patient expires while an inpatient. First instint tells me to use DC code 99238 (or 99239). Anyone know for sure?

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    E. Hospital Discharge Management and Death Pronouncement

    Only the physician who personally performs the pronouncement of death shall bill for the face-to-face Hospital Discharge Day Management Service, CPT code 99238 or 99239. The date of the pronouncement shall reflect the calendar date of service on the day it was performed even if the paperwork is delayed to a subsequent date.

    Did your provider perform the pronouncement of death? If not, depending on documentation, a subsequent visit could be billable.

    Pages 62-23

    http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-G.../clm104c12.pdf

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