tci E/M Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 4

You Be the Coder: Emergency vs. Critical

Question: One of the physicians in my office went to the emergency department to meet one of her patients who had an accident at home with a power tool. She was out of the ED within an hour. Can I use 99281-99285 for this service? Maine Subscriber  Answer: If your physician performed emergency services, the answer is yes. You would report the appropriate code from the 99281-99285 (Emergency department visit for the evaluation and management of a patient …) range, depending upon the documented level of service. But if your physician provided critical care services, you would use...

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