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DERMATOLOGY CODING

Medical Posted Mon 24th of November, 2014 13:56:43 PM

What are the range of codes that can be billed for hospital visits after the patient have been admitted? and also the codes before admission.

SuperCoder Answered Mon 24th of November, 2014 16:53:18 PM

Thank you for your question.

In regards to subsequent hospital visits after admission, the Evaluation and Management codes range from 99231-99233: This service level is used to report E/M services provided to "established" hospital inpatients during "subsequent visits" after the initial inpatient encounter.

If the patient was admitted and a procedure performed by the Dermatologist, the follow up visits may be subject to the global surgical package and not billable. We would need to know the procedure performed if this applies to verify the global period.

As for codes before admission, you would likely be using Evaluation and Management codes for the Outpatient/Office setting (99201-99205 for New Patients or 99212-99215 for Established Patients).

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