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    How or who bills for services that are done in the ASC that results in admission?

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    That is dependent upon a number of factors.

    Generally, the surgery (if performed) is coded (by the ASC). The diagnoses would reflect the patient's reason for surgery is Primary and any other factors (including that of admission) as secondary. The 72 hour rule applies primarily to when/if the patient receives services from the same hospital (as subsequent admission) during that time. To my knowledge that does not affect services provided elsewhere.

    The hospital, on the other hand, would bill as Principal the reason for the admission and all services falling within the admission to discharge time frame under the DRG.

    Hope this helps.
    Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I

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    What I dont understand is per BCBS all services have to be billed by the Hospital, including the surgery. They are stating that it should all be billed on one claim.

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    Is your ASC a freestanding facility? If so, the ASC bills for the surgical procedure done within your facility and the hospital bills for its services on their own bill.

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