tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2007 Issue 2

READER QUESTION: 30-Minute Minimum for Critical Care

Question: I-m confused by the time requirements for reporting critical care services (99291-99292), as well as the minimum time required to report these codes. Help?Texas Subscriber Answer: The minimum critical care time required to report critical care codes 99291-99292 is 30 minutes.Best strategy: Check the physician's documented total critical care time per date of service and select the correct units of 99291 and 99292 based on this chart:Tip: For critical care time lasting longer than the examples listed here, simply add one unit of 99292 for each additional 30 minutes in the same manner illustrated in the...

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