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    Default discharge from inpatient psych to medical floor

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    Can I bill a discharge from an inpatient psychiatic floor on one day and then bill a subsequent hospital visit the next day, if the patient is discharged from the psychiatric unit and transferred to the medical floor within the same hospital?

    the patient was admitted to the inpatient psychiatric floor for suicidal ideation, three days later they developed a medical condition, the psychiatrist felt the patient was at a low risk and could be discharged. The next day he went to the medical floor to see the patient.

    I am new to behavioral health coding and would appreciate any help.

    Denise Smith CPC, CEMC

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Iowa City, IA


    Our doctors do the same thing. My understanding is that you wouldn't bill the discharge it would be subsuquent care until the pt is actually being discharged all together....unless the pt goes to skilled then you would discharge

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    Apr 2007
    Louisville, KY


    It is considered subsequent care unless the patient is discharged from acute care altogether and sent to another setting.
    Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I

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