AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 1 (January)

Emergency Department Services (January 2000)

January 2000 page 11c Coding Consultation Emergency Department Services, 99281-99285, 99234-99236 (Q&A) Question If a patient is treated in the emergency department at 10 PM, transferred to the observation unit after midnight, then discharged that afternoon, what CPT codes should I use to properly report this situation? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, you should report the appropriate level emergency department E/M code on day one (10 PM) (99281-99285), and the observation/admission and discharge code on day two (12:01 am) (99234-99236). Emergency Department Services, 99281-99285, 99234-99236 (Q&A). CPT® Assistant. 2000; January 2000 page 11c ...

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