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    Default Emergency Department Charges?

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    If a patient presents through the ED and is treated and released codes 99281-99285 are to be billed correct?

    What if a patient presents through the ED and is admitted to observation or inpatient status. Codes 99218-99220 (observation) or 99221-99223(initial inpatient) depending on status should be billed by physician first encounter and not the ED charges correct?

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    Thumbs up Emergency Department Charges

    Since I don't know the specialty of your doc(s), I will elaborate on both ends:

    An emergency room physician will always bill within the codes 99281 - 99285 regardless of whether the patient is treated and released or discharged. Remember that if the emergency room doc decides that the patient needs to be admitted, he/she will call in the covering physician or the hospitalist service and it will be that physician who actually takes on the admit.

    A non-emergency room physician who sees a patient in the emergency room and treats and releases this patient will also bill from the above codes.

    A non-emergency room physician who sees a patient in the emergency room and then admits that patient to either observation status or in-patient status will then take that emergency room evaluation and it will become the admit H&P and no code from 99281 - 99285 will be utilized.

    Hope this helps,


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