tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2006 Issue 38

PART B: Make Sure Same-Day Admit And Discharge Are Both Face-To-Face

To get it right, don't forget to note separate facility addresses. Myth: You can't bill for an admission and discharge on the same day.Truth: You can bill for a discharge from one facility and an admission to another, as long as the physician is present for both events, says Maxine Lewis, with Medical Coding Reimbursement Management in Cincinnati, OH."The physician would have to leave one facility and go to the next facility," Lewis explains. This happens sometimes with transfers between rehab or psych facilities, or a transfer from a hospital to a nursing home. "You discharge...

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