You have to bill based on what the hospital is billing, if they bill inpatient your charges will reflect inpatient; if they bill as observation, outpatient or ER your charges will reflect that. If you try to bill inpatient (99231-99233) code and the hospital has billed outpatient or observation your claims will be denied by the insurance company becaue they will not have a facility bill to match your charges. So to answer your question, yes you will bill outpatient charges.
Since physician documentation in the hospital tends to be very brief, when this happens in our office I also get the hospital notes to verify the level before I code the charges. Hope this is helpful.
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