AMA CPT® Assistant - 1993 Issue 1 (January)

Hospital Observation Services (Spring 1993)

Spring 1993 pages 1-4 Hospital Observation Services Three new codes for hospital observation services were added to CPT 1993 with specific guidelines to follow when reporting these codes. The explanatory information related to hospital discharge services (code 99238) has also been revised to incorporate discharge of a patient from "observation status" The purpose of this article is to provide background information on the development of these codes as well as to provide information on the intended use of these codes. Background Information Physicians in several specialties requested that new codes be added to CPT to describe the physician services...

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