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    Question admitting Dr. HELP!
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    Does the admitting doctor have to do the discharge? If so, does he have to put AI on the discharge as he does on the initial charge?

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    No, any doctor can do the discharge of the patient.

    As far as the AI modifier, that is only to be used if there was a consult done by another physician for the patient during that patient stay. The consulting doctor will also charge a hospital visit and the admitting doc adds the AI to the admitting E&M so the payor will know who the admitting doc was.

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