Just because the doctor put down for a critical care code, doesn't mean he gets what he wants. You can stand firm and give him the correct code which is a inpatient code. I don't know which one specifically because what you said here, doesn't give me much to go on because you didn't mention what type of exam and MDM he documented, if any. I just had the same thing happen to me and a provider. Once I showed him what he could do, he went with the inpatient because the time wasn't documented and it was an EMR transmittal which wouldn't look that credible if he tried to change it to match a critical care code. And besides, he sounds like he doesn't understand what critical care stands for and the difference in ICU coding. You could teach him! Take the opportunity to empower a doctor to change his thinking!
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