AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 7 (July)
Evaluation and Management Services (Q&A) (July 2011)
July 2011 page 16 Evaluation and Management Services Question: When reporting hospital discharge day management services (99238, 99239), is the final examination of the patient required? Answer: No. The Hospital Discharge Services guidelines in the CPT codebook state that the hospital discharge day management codes are to be used to report the total duration of time spent by a physician for final hospital discharge of a patient. The codes include, as appropriate, final examination of the patient, discussion of the hospital stay (even if the time spent by the physician on that date is not continuous), instructions for continuing...
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