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    Question deceased inpatient

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    If a patient dies while an inpatient, would you assign a subsequent day CPT or a discharge CPT????

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    Dover Seacoast New Hampshire


    E. Hospital Discharge Management and Death Pronouncement
    Only the physician who personally performs the pronouncement of death shall bill for the face-to-face Hospital Discharge Day Management Service, CPT code 99238 or 99239. The date of the pronouncement shall reflect the calendar date of service on the day it was performed even if the paperwork is delayed to a subsequent date.

    Medicare claims processing Manual, Chapter 12,, section E.

    If there was a face-to-face on the date of death, but that provider did not pronounce, you may bill a subsequent visit, but be prepared to support with documentation, because we've found that billing a charge on DOD, occasionally results in a denial.
    Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, PCS, COC
    Coding Manager
    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
    Dover, NH 03820

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    Default Passed Patients

    I had that one on a test yesterday. It is a great question. A bit tricky but makes us keep coding.

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