Let's see if I have this straight
Day 1 - patient admitted by Dr Admitting
Day 2 - patient seen by Dr Admitting AND by Dr Surgeon (who decides to perform surgery)
Day 3 - patient seen by Dr Partner (of admitting)
Is that correct?
As long as Dr Partner is NOT a surgeon in the same practice/specialty as Dr Surgeon (who operated), you would just bill the appropriate subsequent hospital visit. If the visit took an extraordinary amount of time (at least 30 minutes over and above the typical time for that level of service), then you can also use the prolonged service codes.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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