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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Daytona Beach, FL

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    I just started auditing the Hospitalists charges for our hospital and I need some guidance. Since Discharge services are time based, does the documentation that the doc does have to state somewhere the total time spent on the discharge? Wouldn't that be needed to code? None of these docs have documented time in there reports but have chosen the 99239 over the 99238.

    Any help would be great!

    Jodi Dibble, CPC

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Evansville Indiana

    Default discharge

    In order to bill a 99239, there must be documentation of greater than 30 minutes. To bill a 99238 there would not need to be a time documentation.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    St.Petersburg, Fl


    Cheermom is absolutely correct with her answer..I also do hospitalist!
    Alecia Peck CPC

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