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Prolong Code with Discharge Code?

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    Question Prolong Code with Discharge Code?
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    Can you use a prolonged service code, 99356, with a discharge code, 99239. The time is documented in the records.

    Thanks, Randi

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    Milwaukee WI
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    Discharge codes are 99238 for 30 minutes or less; and 99239 for more than 30 minutes. Doesn't make any difference if it was 31 minutes or 131 minutes it's still coded with 99239.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CPC-E/M

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    Thanks Tessa, I didn't think so but I wanted to hear it from someone else to make sure.


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