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  1. #1
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    Our physician saw a patient in our office as a 99215 then was a direct admit from our office to the hospital. In reviewing the H&P from the hospital that also is a high level 99223. My question is which E&M is billable for same day service
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  2. #2
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    Apr 2007
    Dover Seacoast New Hampshire


    Since you can bill only one E&M visit per day for the same physician, the RVUs are higher for the admission, so from a fiscal perspective, that's what most providers do. Since your H&P meets a 99223, you can bill that; however, you could combine the documentation from both visits to arrive at your initial hospital visit code.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default CPT Guidelines

    This question (or one similar) has been asked and answered several times previously.

    Please read the Guidelines in CPT 2010 Professional Edition, page 14 under Initial Hospital Care.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Apr 2007
    North Carolina



    Contractors pay for an initial hospital care service if a physician sees a patient in the emergency room and decides to admit the person to the hospital. They do not pay for both E/M services. Also, they do not pay for an emergency department visit by the same physician on the same date of service. When the patient is admitted to the hospital via another site of service (e.g., hospital emergency department, physician’s office, nursing facility), all services provided by the physician in conjunction with that admission are considered part of the initial hospital care when performed on the same date as the admission.


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