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    Default Hospital Discharge question

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    I want to ask everyone's opinion on the best way to handle this question from the provider. Patient admitted to hospital, dr. performed H& P charged 99222
    that night patient passed, the next a.m. Dr. did a dishage summary and appropriate paper work. Can she charge for the Discharge even though she did not see the patient personally?

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Discharge for deceased patient

    Only the physician who is physically present to declare the patient dead can bill the discharge.

    I would say your physician cannot charge for completing paperwork (especially if s/he performed that task the day AFTER the patient expired).

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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