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  1. #1
    Question Global Period
    Medical Coding Books
    Our physicians perform a lot of Pacemaker Implants that have a 90 day global. They still want me to bill for all hospital follow-ups when the patient is at the hospital and office visits if the patient comes to the office to keep track of how much money is lost due to Post-op period. Is it OK to do this?

  2. #2
    Milwaukee WI
    Default Use 99024
    If you are using 99024, yes.

    There is NO "money being lost" ... the reimbursement for the procedure INCLUDES the postoperative care.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

  3. #3
    The problem is that I am billing an actual level of service and not 99024.

  4. #4
    Concord, NC or Rochester, NY
    I think the dr's are wanting to understand the effort in the follow up period. I would track the information with 99024 or an internal code and this information may be valuable for the next round of negotiations with the insurance carrier.

  5. #5
    Toledo, Ohio
    I agree use the 99024. Why artificially inflate the numbers just to write it off?

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    You should not charge anything just bill a 99024 with a zero charge.... your post op and subsequent hospital visits are included in the surgical package....the only exception is if it he came back very something different then you can append a modifier 24 to an office visit...hope this helps!

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