AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 6 (June)

Coding Clarification: Reporting Observation Care - Initial, Subsequent, and Discharge Services (June 2011)

June 2011 pages 3-7 Coding Clarification: Reporting Observation Care - Initial, Subsequent, and Discharge Services Although the reporting of observation care services has been previously discussed, this overview is provided to assist users with understanding the intent and use of the Subsequent Observation Care codes (99224-99226) as they relate to initial observation care (99218-99220), discharge (99217), and observation care admission and discharge on the same date (99234-99236). CPT Hospital Observation Services codes (99217-99220, 99224-99226, 99234-99236) are used to report Evaluation and Management (E/M) services provided to patients designated or admitted as "observation status" in a hospital. These patients are to...

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