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    Default Question about swing bed admits

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    I work for an ortho surgeon, who performs total arthroplasties. Most of his cases are elderly patients who often time requires admit to "swing bed" after they have been discharged from "inpatient" status. My question is can I bill for the "swing bed" admit or is it considered global just as the dischage? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Apr 2007
    Swainsboro/Statesboro, GA

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    In my opinion, if the admission is related to the surgery (and not for any complications or other conditions), this would be considered part of the global package and not separately billable.
    Freda Brinson, CPC, CPC-H, CEMC
    2014 President AAPC Swainsboro, GA Chapter
    Past President - 2012, 2008; Past Vice President - 2013, Past Education Officer - 2009 of Savannah, GA Chapter
    Past Member AAPCCA Board of Directors (2009-2012)

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