AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2002 Issue 4

New billing codes to capture trauma activation

By George ArgesChairman, NUBCSenior DirectorAmerican Hospital AssociationHealth Data Management Group The purpose of Trauma Care Facilities is to provide an effective medical response to injuries (trauma). Injuries are sudden, unanticipated, and adverse events that account for approximately $100 to $200 billion of our nation’s annual health care expenditures. When such events occur, these facilities provide an important safety net of expert care for the public. A number of hospitals throughout the country operate trauma care facilities for the well-being of the community. This designation also imposes additional operational costs to provide the necessary staffing resources, physician support and...

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