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Can you be charged for a 99211 by nurse and 99213 by physician at same time??

Kelly Posted Mon 29th of August, 2011 17:27:59 PM

Patient was seen in hospital as outpatient by GI doctor who charged a 99213. At the same time the nurse who did the patients vitals...(bp/weight) also charged a visit level of 99211. They were for the same exact reason, the nurse took the patient back first to get ready for the physician visit. A phone call to the hospital resulted in the staff saying that this was due to "hospital based billing". Does this sound correct? One bill the patient received was from the hospital and the other from the physician.

SuperCoder Answered Tue 30th of August, 2011 07:16:00 AM

No, this is not correct.

In any of the circumstances we can't bill 99213 and 99211 for same visit on same DOS.

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