SMS Posted Wed 01st of April, 2015 17:15:11 PM
Can our PA (we are a group of general surgeons)dictate an admitting H&P for a patient not seen in our office beforehand and have the physician sign-off without the physician seeing the patient? I thought that I read somewhere that the admitting physician has to have face-to-face contact with the patient.
SuperCoder Answered Thu 02nd of April, 2015 06:51:43 AM
When only PA billing for the patient, PA can dictate admitting H&P which is seen under same group of physicians. Medicare rules state the PA may ONLY bill under their own number and cannot bill under the physician’s number.
When billing by admitting physician, ONLY bill under physician’s number.
In both the conditions, there should be face-to-face contact with the patient.