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    Default ER Code/Charge for DOA

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    How/or would you bill/code for ER physician pronouncing patient DOA after a full exam in the ER?

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    Default What else was done?

    Were there any life saving attempts in the ED?, CPR, drug intervention etc?

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    No life saving attempts were administered in the ER. I read an article that states that most ED depts use low level 99281 for pronouncing pt deceased upon arrival to the ER.

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    Default re: er code/charge for doa

    my old facility used to charge a level 2-level 3 depending on documentation, usually the doctor is the team leader on the code blue sheet a lot of times they will pronounce two minutes after arrival, doc really didn't do anything, but he is the director of the code so we would give credit to them.
    Pat A. Trautner, CCS/CPC/CEDC/CHONC

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    I would ask the ED group. Some ED physician's groups do not charge for a true DOA, no intervention at all. If the ED physician did any intervention then yes, normally a low level.

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