tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 2005 Issue 3

DOA: Do You Know What to Do?

Get familiar with what codes to report when a patient dies en routeWhen a patient presents to the ED and the physician declares him dead, coders often struggle to decide whether they should report the physician's work - and how. Our experts tell you what work counts when this scenario unfolds in your ED.Here's the situation: The local EMS contacts the ED for CPR direction, and the ED physician directs them regarding medication and defibrillation. When the patient arrives in the ED, the doctor examines him and decides to discontinue CPR and pronounce him dead. You billed 92950...

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