Annie Posted Mon 25th of September, 2017 12:55:22 PM
If a patient is admitted by the ER physician on 9/9 and a hospitalist see the patient on 9/10 at 4:43am and another hospitalist see the patient and discharge the patient on 9/10 4:50pm. Can you use code 99235 for the hospitalist?
SuperCoder Answered Tue 26th of September, 2017 07:17:48 AM
Yes, the hospitalist can bill for 99235 (Observation or inpatient hospital care, for the evaluation and management of a patient including admission and discharge on the same date).
As the Hospitalist saw and examined the patient and the ER physician did not, only the Hospitalist should bill 99235.