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Date of Service - If a patient

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    If a patient is in a long surgery and the surgery begins on one date, and ends on the next date, Which is the date of service? The beginning or the end?

    ie: surgery starts at 11:00PM of the 1st, ends at 7:00AM of the 2nd.

    Can you tell me where I can find this?

    TYIA

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    Default This is a really great question!
    I've googled this and haven't turned up with anything. From my experiance doing trauma coding though, we always used the date the surgery started on as the date of service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smathis1 View Post
    If a patient is in a long surgery and the surgery begins on one date, and ends on the next date, Which is the date of service? The beginning or the end?

    ie: surgery starts at 11:00PM of the 1st, ends at 7:00AM of the 2nd.

    Can you tell me where I can find this?

    TYIA
    i think the date of service is when the surgery started. what type of procedure was performed, then when u r looking at a specific procedure the CPT manual will say.

    Thanks
    sauka:

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    Quote Originally Posted by smathis1 View Post
    If a patient is in a long surgery and the surgery begins on one date, and ends on the next date, Which is the date of service? The beginning or the end?

    ie: surgery starts at 11:00PM of the 1st, ends at 7:00AM of the 2nd.

    Can you tell me where I can find this?

    TYIA
    I don't know that it is actually stated anywhere, but I would bill the date it began just because it makes sense to me.
    Arlene J. Smith, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC

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    Thanks for the answers, we were thinking start date also, but just wanted to make sure.

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