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    Does a physician need to bill a hospital discharge if a patient is admitted?
    Last edited by CRC CPC; 01-21-2010 at 01:35 PM.

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    Smile I need to be clearer
    One of our hospitalists seen a patient in critical care and later on the patient passed away and the hospitalist wants to charge discharge. Any thoughts on this
    Thank you,
    Colleen R Cox CPC

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    If he billed for critical care earlier in the day and then does a significantly separate and identifiable service later on the same date (discharge) you can bill a discharge with a -25 modifier. Records may be requested so make sure documentation supports both the critical care and the requirements needed to support a discharge code.

    Hope this helps!

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    Only the provider that did the pronouncement gets the discharge. If your hospitialist did not call it then he doesn't get to bill it.

    Laura, CPC, CPMA, CEMC

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    Thank you

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