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Ophthalmology Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
Admit Code Will Elude You

Question: Our ophthalmologist admitted a patient to the hospital and asked the coder to report the admit code for the service but we can’t find it. Which is the admit code? Subscriber Answer: CPT® does not include a code for hospital admission itself, even though physicians often document that they performed an “admit.” The admitting physician should report codes 99221-99223 (Initial hospital care, [...]