AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 7 (July)

Evaluation and Management: Hospital Inpatient Services (July 2007)

July 2007 page 12 Coding Communication:Evaluation and Management: Hospital Inpatient Services Question If a patient is admitted to our service from the emergency department before midnight and the physician does not see the patient until the following morning, what is the appropriate code to report? AMA Comment It is appropriate to report an initial hospital admission code from the 99221-99223 series (Initial Hospital Care), when the physician provides a face-to-face inpatient encounter with the patient in the hospital. Because the physician did not provide face-to-face inpatient hospital services on the first date that the hospital will show as the...

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