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    We are researching our options to offer 23 hour observation for certain spinal procedures. I am wondering if there is a "observation" code that the ASC can bill for additional payment in addition to the procedure itself.

    I found Initial Observation Care codes of 99218-99220 however there is a note these codes may not be used for post-operative recovery - I'm thinking these codes are for the physician

    Any suggestions??

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    We have been using observation codes 99234 - 99236. Some of the insurances are paying. Its a case of contactin the insurance companies and verifying which ones will pay.

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    Thanks - is it appropriate to bill the observation code in addition to the procedure that was performed due to prolonged post-operative care?

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