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newborn billing question

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    I was wondering how to cpt code a newborn that is normal the first 2 days (99460 & 99462) and then on the 3rd day has tachypnea. Do we then code 99477 or 99480 or would it be 99221-99223?

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    Milwaukee WI
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    If this is a continuous hospital stay, you would switch to the SUBSEQUENT hospital visit 99231-99233.

    If the infant has been discharged to home and returns with the problem, then you would start with an initial hospital visit 99221-99223 or initial observation 99218-99220, depending (of course) on documentation.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    That's the way we figured it should be billed, Thanks Tessa!

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