AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 12 (December)

Critical Care Services (December 1998)

December 1998 pages 6-7 Coding Communication Critical Care Services Critical care, as defined by CPT, is the care of the unstable critically ill or unstable critically injured patient who requires constant physician attendance (the physician need not be constantly at bedside per se but is engaged in physician work directly related to the individual patient's care). Critical care services are provided to, but not limited to patients with central nervous system failure, circulatory failure, shock-like conditions, renal, hepatic or respiratory failure, postoperative complications, life threatening heart rhythms or overwhelming infection. These patients require constant physician attention because they are...

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