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Marilyn Posted Wed 16th of February, 2011 00:59:43 AM

A patient was seen in our office and having to be admitted to the hospital same day. Can I bill for the time the Dr. saw patient in our office and if so, how do I code visit?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 16th of February, 2011 15:41:51 PM

Per CPT, in the Hospital Inpatient Services of Evaluation and Management:

When the patient is admitted to the hospital as an inpatient in the course of an encounter in another site of service (eg, hospital emergency department, observation status in a hospital, physician's office, nursing facility) all evaluation and management services provided by that physician in conjunction with that admission are considered part of the initial hospital care when performed on the same date as the admission. The inpatient care level of service reported by the admitting physician should include the services related to the admission he/she provided in the other sites of service as well as in the inpatient setting.

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