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Observation more than 2 dys

  1. #1
    Naples Florida
    Smile Observation more than 2 dys
    Medical Coding Books
    which codes would be used for a observation status when the patient is in for more than 2 days Like 4? I understand how to code the initial day and the discharge day, but what about days inbetween?



  2. #2
    Greeley, Colorado
    99212-99215 would be used for the days between obs admit and obs dc.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

  3. #3
    Naples Florida
    Thanks so much! Where can I get the documentation to show my doctor which supports this. I could not find it in the CPT guidelines.

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  5. #5
    North Carolina
    In the rare circumstance when a patient is held in observation status for more than 2 calendar dates, the physician shall bill a visit furnished before the discharge date using the outpatient/office visit codes. The physician may not use the subsequent hospital care codes since the patient is not an inpatient of the hospital.

    30.6.8. B

    (Oops--Looks like Laura and I were doing this at the same time)

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