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Posted By Danielle Levy on 02-21-2018, 13:04:50 in Ob-Gyn
Melanie,
quick question ,
Can our physician bill for a H&P when sending patient to the hospital ? Even when they didn't see patient in hospital on that day ? If so , Can you please advise which CPT code to bill . Thanks
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Posted By Melanie Witt on 02-21-2018, 15:03:55
In order to bill an initial inpatient E/M service the physician must have seen the patient on that date - you don't get credit for inpatient admission requirements performed only in an outpatient setting. If, when the patient was seen in the office, you have a billable E/M service you should do so because you will not be billing for the admission on that date of service. If he had seen her in the office, then admitted her and saw her both locations, you would count all of the work done that day toward the final initial inpatient code. And of course you know that a H&P by itself does not constitute an E/M service. If the H&P was done prior to admission for surgery or delivery, it is included in the surgical code you will be billing for.
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