Q: We are a private practice that has several physicians who follow their patients in the hospital. There are times that the patient is in observation, and they are called to help decide whether to admit them or not. Should our physicians bill initial and subsequent observation codes for these visits?
Our office is having a
difficult time reaching
patients within the
required two business
days from discharge
for transitional care management
(TCM) codes. Will this preclude
us from billing the codes when
all of the other criteria are met?
DOWLING Contributing author
GETTING PAID FOR HOME VISITS
Renee Dowling is a billing and
coding consultant with VEI
Consulting in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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I am in private practice and recently did a home visit, one-hour evaluation for the first time. What is the code for the initial home visit and then subsequent visits?