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    A patient is seen in the ED and the patient is also seen by a vascular surgeon in the ED to review the patients problem, Can the surgeon charge for that visit using one of the ED visit codes (99281-99285)? Can the surgeon bill using one of these codes if the ED physician is also billing one of these for the same day? Thanks.

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Only ONE doctor uses ER codes

    When more than one physician sees a patient in the ER, only one of the physicians will be using the ER codes (99281-99285) - typically this will be the ER physician.

    Other physicians may have an outpatient consult, or a hospital admission, or an outpatient (new or established) visit - all depending on circumstances and documentation.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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