tci E/M Coding Alert - 2018 Issue 3

Observation Coding: View This FAQ, See Observation Coding Clearly

Time and language key to code choice. Two code sets. Different location requirements. Length of stay stipulations. With all these guidelines, it's no wonder that observation coding is more difficult than it first appears. So, if you've got questions, read on. We've got all the answers you need in this handy FAQ. Q: What's new in observation coding this year? A: You're probably aware that, as of Jan. 1, CPT® changed the descriptors for codes 99217 (Observation care discharge day management ...) and 99218 (Initial observation care, per day, for the evaluation and management of a patient which requires...

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