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AI or 57 first? - Physician admitted pt to hospital

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    Question AI or 57 first? - Physician admitted pt to hospital
    Medical Coding Books
    Physician admitted pt to hospital and the same day decided pt needs a pacemaker battery replacement, (he would be the surgeon) would the "AI" or the "57" go first??

    AI - Priniciple Phys of record

    57 - Decision for surgery


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    Modifier 57 decision for surgery would be coded first followed by AI.

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    Sarasota FL
    Default AI and 57
    I've always billed it as AI first to show the MD is the admitting doc, and then 57 to show the decision for surgery. The AI is part of the E&M code to distinguish it from a consult code.

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