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Discharge Question

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    I have a patient whose surgery was performed by one physician and was then discharged by another. Can I bill for this, and if so do I need a modifier? The diagonsis for the surgery and the discharge diagnosis are different. Thanks.

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    Are the physicians in the same practice or covering for each other during the hospitalization?

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    Technically you cannot bill for a service your physicians didn't do therefore if the discharging physician is not one you bill for then no, sorry. This would be similar to a covering physician issue.

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    The physicians are in the same practice. I was thinking that I can't bill for the discharge but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks for the help.

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