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    Default Admitting from office E&M question

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    Please help!!!

    A patient was seen in the office for a post-operative appointment after a lap appy. This was within the 90 day post-op period, however, the wasn't feeling well so the Dr. admitted him into the hospital for diarrhea.

    My question is can a charge an E*M code for this? If so do I need a modifier 24?

    Thanks for any help.

    Stacey, CPC
    Last edited by asasands; 04-26-2011 at 08:23 AM. Reason: no responses

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    Milwaukee WI

    Default 24 modifier

    You will need a -24 modifier if the visit was UNRELATED to the surgery.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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