You are correct ... this code is ONLY for the newborn who is admitted and discharged on the same date of service. In the CPT 2008 professional edition, page 33, under the major heading "Newborn Care," second paragraph states: "For newborn hospital discharge services provided on a date subsequent to the admission date of the newborn, use 99238."
So, if your physician saw the newborn yesterday, but discharged the baby today, you would bill 99431 for yesterday's visit and 99238 for today's service.
I think this is very clearly stated in CPT; I wonder why your new physician believes otherwise? Could s/he have attended some seminar that gave conflicting information?
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