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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Greeley, Colorado

    Default Post-op critical care

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    Hi all - I'm having a brain-block. Patient had to have an emergency hysterectomy after retained products of conception/placenta previa from a failed legally induced abortion (by another surgeon). My surgeon did the hysterectomy. IF she met the documentation criteria (she doesn't - didn't document time) - but IF she had, is critical care reportable by the same physician who performed the surgery? I'm thinking no, but want some other valued input please!
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default I'm thinking no ...

    GREAT question!

    I'm thinking no, mostly based on the fact that our CV surgeons do not bill critical care for their post op patients (and they are virtually ALL in the intensive care unit).

    But then, our intensivists cover the unit and bill the critical care codes for the patients.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CPC-E/M

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Greeley, Colorado


    Thanks Tessa - I advised not to code the CC and she agreed with me. I would love to hear more opinions/input if any one is interested .
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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