Unless the provider saw the patient on the day of discharge, no they may not bill. It very well may be a facility requirement, not uncommon. But for your doctor to recieve credit he will need to go a step further and see the patient.
Discharge Day Management
Hospital discharge day management (CPT 99238-99239) is a face-to-face E/M service between the attending physician and the patient. Document the date of the actual physician visit even if the patient is discharged from the facility on a different date.1 Documentation must substantiate this personal patient encounter.
A physician can choose to record the face-to-face encounter in a handwritten progress note or make note of it in the formal discharge summary. When relying solely upon the dictated summary, physicians often fail to identify personal contact with the patient. Although an examination need only be performed â€śas appropriateâ€ť on the day of discharge, it is the best indicator of a face-to-face encounter. Such statements as â€śUpon discharge, the patient appeared well, vital signs stable, lungs clearâ€ť or â€śPatient seen and examined by me on discharge dayâ€ť clearly illustrate this service.
It is important to note that only the attending physician of record reports the discharge day management service. Physicians or qualified non-physician practitioners (NPPs), other than the attending physician, who have been managing concurrent healthcare problems not primarily managed by the attending physician and who are not acting on behalf of the attending physician should use subsequent hospital care codes (99231-99233) for a final visit.2
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