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    What would you bill for an h& p dictated on a pt who is obs? I would think it would be one of the initial obs codes 99218-99220 Please let me know

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    those are the correct code range

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    It would be codes 99218-99220:

    1) for a patient who was admitted to observation status but wasn't discharged on the same day

    2) was discharged on the same day but was there less than 8 hours.

    Codes 99234-99236:

    For a patient who was admitted and discharged from observation on the same date, was there greater than 8 hrs, and provider had both admitted and discharged patient.

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