tci E/M Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 12

You Be the Coder: What Qualifies as ER POS?

Question: My physician was performing rounds at the hospital. He got a page that an established patient needed to see him urgently. Since he was at the hospital and not the office, he called the patient and told her to meet him in the emergency room. The physician saw the patient, performed a comprehensive history, comprehensive examination, and moderate complexity medical decision making. He then admitted the patient to the hospital for surgery. Do I report an emergency room encounter code for this encounter? What place of service code should I put on the claim? Oklahoma Subscriber Answer: The...

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