What it means is that if your provider is admitting a patient s/he has recently seen and billed a level 5 visit/consult for, then this should be considered. At the time of admission, the history and exam are less than comprehensive and reference is made to the prior assessment during the recent visit. Since your provider did not do a comprehensive history and exam when admitting the patient, s/he cannot bill higher than a 99221. However, usually in order to bill a 99221 you need to document a detailed history and exam. If the patient had a recent level 5 visit/consult they seem to reduce the "detailed" requirement to "less than comprehensive" with reference to the prior documentation from the recent level 5 encounter.
That is my interpretation. Hope it is useful.
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