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Hospital discharge codes

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    If a patient has already been discharged and the physician only has to fill out paperwork and does no face to face with the patient, can 99238 or 99239 be charged? I don't have alot of experience with these codes and would appreciate anyone's help.

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    If the physician is just doing the paperwork, besides the nurse, who did the instructions to the patient and/or family? I would think that the physician would need to assess the patient/family's readiness for discharge by doing a face to face. Discharge involves coordination of care so that would entail some face to face in my opinion.

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