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Pulmonology Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Differentiate Observation From Inpatient Visit

Question: Our pulmonologist admitted a patient to the hospital at 11:30 a.m. A different pulmonologist, also from our practice, discharged the patient at 4:30 p.m. The admitting physician wants to bill an inpatient code, while the discharging physician wants to bill an observation code. Which is correct? Alabama Subscriber Answer: The answer here depends on a number of factors, including [...]

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