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Meredith Posted Fri 19th of July, 2013 14:02:26 PM

We need help billing the following situation:

Patient is admitted as "inpatient" on 7/8. Patient is pronounced dead by same admitting physician later that evening.

How do we bill for this? Is this a (?) level admission code?


SuperCoder Answered Fri 19th of July, 2013 21:42:34 PM

“There is no specific code for the pronouncement of death. To be reimbursable by Medicare, a service must be billed using the CPT code that most accurately describes the work performed. Accordingly, this carrier will accept the code that best describes the services rendered to an individual patient during the pronouncement of death. This may include the hospital discharge codes (CPT codes 99238-99239), as long as the provisions of the code descriptor are met as documented in the medical record."

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