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    Default tepid sponging

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    Hi all,

    Our pediatritian gives tepid sponge bath for high temperatures.
    He requested us to code tepid sponging,which iam not able.
    Any help is appreciated.


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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Pediatrician performing treatment?

    Are you saying the pediatrician is - himself - giving the baby a sponge bath?

    This would be part of the E/M service. If personally performed by the physician and the time spent is 30 minutes or more over and above the usual E/M service, he can also code prolonged service.

    Highly unusual. Be prepared to appeal with excellent and thorough documentation.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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