Please take a look at both CMS's and CPT's descriptions of critical care. Both will outline the documentation criteria (time), as well as the guidelines regarding the patient status.
Critical care can take place anywhere, not just in the ICU. It has to do with the patient's condition and the intensity and degree of treatment given, not the location of the patient at the time. Typically the situation is life threatening, either from organ failure or acute trauma, but other scenarios can also apply, if clearly documented.
It's not that I don't want to give you the complete answer.....but one of my very best coding colleagues, who helped train me in this field, used to tell me, "Look it up, you'll remember it better than if I tell you".
send me a PM if you have questions. Pam
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