NICU codes are pretty inclusive ... what is your scenario. Did the child die?
Was the child transferred to another facility with high level of care available?
If the child passed away and your physician pronounced the baby, you COULD charge the discharge separately from 99468-99476 codes ... but would you want to?
If the child was transferred to another hospital CPT guidelines tell us that the physician who transfers the patient should report the 99291-99292 codes (plus discharge) and the receiving physician should report the neonatal ICU codes. (CPT 2009 Professional Edition, page 34, last paragraph -continuing on page 35)
I can't imagine any other situation in which a critically ill neonate would be "discharged." If the baby is well enough to go home, the baby is no longer critically ill.
If you can expand on the scenario I might be able to offer more guidance. Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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