AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 1 (January)

Remote Real-Time Interactive Videoconferenced Critical Care Services (January 2009)

January 2009 pages 5-6 Coding Clarification:Remote Real-Time Interactive Videoconferenced Critical Care Services In recent years, certain critically ill patients have been able to receive continuous critical care using remote, realtime interactive video-conference technology. A nationwide shortage of critical care specialists, also known as intensivists, has facilitated the evolution of this technology to supplement on-site critical care services. The technology is set up in an off-site location, or "virtual ICU," staffed by intensivists and other health care professionals who use the technology to monitor and care for critical patients. This off-site location may be a considerable distance from the...

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