AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 3 (March)

Evaluation and Management, 99238-99239 (Q&A) (March 1998)

March 1998 page 11 Coding Consultation Evaluation and Management, 99238-99239 (Q&A) Question If a patient dies in the hospital, what is the appropriate E/M service to report when the attending physician pronounces the patient's death, completes the death summary, and talks with the deceased patient's family? AMA Comment The appropriate hospital discharge code, 99238-99239, can be reported in the case of a patient death when the physician performs any of the criteria indicated in the guidelines (page 19 of the 1998 CPT book) under Hospital Discharge Services (eg, counseling, preparation of discharge records, etc.) Evaluation and Management...

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