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Surgery date

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    What date should be used for a single surgery that spans 2 calendar days? They started on 1/20 at 23:28 and ended on 1/21 at 0218. I am thinking it should be the start date but I have no reference for this.


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    Laura, CPC

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    That is a really good question. It seems that I have come across this before so I did a little research for myself as well. The website below has some information on it (along with A LOT of other info). Anyway, take a look at the top of page 8 and the top of page 43. I am inclined to think that you were right about the admit date, but now I am not so sure. I will keep looking and let you know if I find anymore information on this.

    www.cms.hhs.gov/EOG/downloads/EO%200659.pdf

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    Thanks Leslie I really appreciate the help.

    I am looking too and can't find anything that specific. I'm sure there has to be something with the number of complex many hour/several surgeon procedures that are done. Unfortunately mine was just a time of day issue...


    Laura, CPC

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    I always bill under the date the surgery started.

    Lisi, CPC

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    We define the DOS as the date surgery was started.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    I spoke with my manager and she said the same as Tessa. Use the date the surgery started. I am still researching, though, just in case.

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