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31500 emergency intubation with E/M same day

  1. Default 31500 emergency intubation with E/M same day
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    Can someon tell me if 31500 emergency intubation is billable or bundled with a inpatient consult code? I received a denial from medicare stating they want a reimbursement for overpayment of the 31500, implying it is bundled with the E/M. Should I have appended a 25? Can I appeal this?


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    Milwaukee WI
    Default Yes, you needed -25 modifier
    Yes, you needed a -25 modifier on the E/M if it was truly a significant, separately identifiable service from the intubation.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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