AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 1 (January)

Evaluation and Management, 99238, 99239 (Q&A) (January 1999)

January 1999 page 10e Coding Consultation Evaluation and Management, 99238, 99239 (Q&A) Question If my physician saw a patient in the hospital and performed a subsequent hospital visit, and then discharged the patient from the hospital later that same day, could he report both the subsequent hospital visit and the hospital discharge code? AMA Comment The hospital discharge day codes 99238 and 99239 include all the E/M services performed on the day of discharge. Therefore, it is not appropriate to separately report a subsequent hospital care code (99231-99233) if a hospital care discharge service (99238 or 99239) is...

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