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Orthopedic Coding Alert

E/M Coding:
Make Subsequent Observation Coding a Breeze with these Tips

Second day of observation? Look to 99224-99226. Though it is rare, your provider might elect to keep a patient in observation for more than two full calendar days. When this occurs, you'll code the "middle" day with subsequent observation codes. According to Medicare, the decision whether to discharge a patient from the hospital or admit the patient as an inpatient [...]