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    Default ER visits for ortho Dr

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    HI All

    I hope someone can help. Our ortho Dr. are called to the ED by the ED Dr. should we bill with ED codes 99281-99285 if the location is the ED or out-pt office codes? Our Dr. are not employed by the hospital they came from an out side group.

    Any advice will be appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Daytona Beach, FL


    Assuming the Ortho is called in to do a consult in the ED, if the patient is Medicare, the ortho would bill using the ED codes 99281-85. If they are not Medicare and the carrier still recognizes the consult codes, you would bill with the Outpatient Consult code.

    This is how I understand what Medicare has stated.

    Any other thoughts?

    Jodi Dibble, CPC

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

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    Jodi is 100% correct ... UNLESS ...

    If the orthopaedist admits the patient for surgery then you would bill the appropriate Inpatient Initial Visit or Observation Admission code.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Nashville AAPC Chapter


    I would only add, that if the ortho does a procedure in the ED such as a reduction or splint application, they also must use the ED E/M codes as they have taken over the care of the problem.

    The ED physician has no intention if following up on this patient's problem, the ortho MD is.

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    Apr 2007


    Would you still advise the ED physician to also code the 99281-99285 range if the Ortho MD will too?

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