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  1. Question neonatal critical care codes
    Medical Coding Books
    Can nurse practitioners report neonatal critical care codes 99295-99300? The way CPT reads it looks like only MD's can report these codes. Is my understanding correct?


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    Milwaukee WI
    CPT states that
    "Care rendered under 99293-99296 includes management, monitoring, and treatment of the patient including respiratory, pharmacologic control of the circulatory system, enteral and parenteral nutrition, metabolic and hematologic maintenance, parent/family counseling, case management services and personal direct supervision of the health care team in the performance of cognitive and procedures activities."
    I doubt that a nurse practitioner would be responsible for all this ...
    Remember that these codes can ONLY be billed ONCE per DAY per PATIENT.

    So, only the physician (probably neonatologist) can bill this code.
    Tessa Bartels CPC

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