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    Default Trachestomy in hospital

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    Can someone advise? Doctor performed 31600 inpatient in hospital and this procedure has no global period. How should the follow up visit in the office be coded. This patient has never been seen the office before the tracheostomy. Would the E/M code be (a new patient e.g. 99203 or an established patient visit - e.g. 99213??

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    Milwaukee WI

    Default Established patient

    He is an established patient because the physician performed a face-to-face service within the last three years (the tracheostomy).

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Default Thracheostomy in hospital

    Thanks your response, Tessa. I was figuring it would be established but needed some confirmation.

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