AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 11 (November)

Evaluation and Management/Hospital Discharge Services (November 2009)

November 2009 page 10 Evaluation and Management: Hospital Discharge Services, 99238, 99239 (Q&A) Question: Can a physician bill for a hospital death summary if he or she is not present in the hospital at the time of the patient's death? If yes, what would be the CPT code(s) to report? Answer: The hospital discharge services codes may be used to report discharge services to patients who die during the hospital stay. The attending physician may be needed to perform the final examination of the patient (to pronounce the patient's death), discuss the hospital stay with family members or...

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