AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 7 (July)

Evaluation and Management: Inpatient Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care and Intensive Services (July 2008)

July 2008 page 10a Evaluation and Management: Inpatient Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care and Intensive Services, 99293 (Q&A) Question: What does the phrase "direct supervision" mean in terms of the neonatal, pediatric critical and intensive care codes? Answer: As stated in the Inpatient Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care and Intensive Services guidelines, codes 99293-99296, 99298-99300, and 99477 describe services provided by a physician directing the inpatient care of a critically ill neonate/infant (codes 99293-99296) or one requiring intensive observation, frequent interventions, and other intensive services (codes 99298-99300 and 99477). The phrase "by direct supervision" refers to the attending...

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