This policy outlines the general billing of subsequent hospital visits and hospital discharge day management services.
Indications and Limitations of Coverage
Subsequent Hospital Visits During the Global Surgery Period
Subsequent Hospital Care visits (codes 99231-99233) are not separately payable when included in the global surgery payment.
Hospital Discharge Day Management Service
Only the attending physician of record reports the discharge day management service. Physicians or qualified non-physician practitioners, other than the attending physician, who have been managing concurrent health care problems not primarily managed by the attending physician, and who are not acting on behalf of the attending physician, shall use Subsequent Hospital Care (code range 99231-99233) for a final visit.
Payment for general paperwork is included through the pre-and post-service work of evaluation and management (E/M) services.
Subsequent Hospital Visit and Discharge Management on Same Day
Physicians shall use the Observation or Inpatient Care Services (Including Admission and Discharge Services) using a code from code range 99234-99236 for a hospital admission and discharge occurring on the same calendar date and when the following criteria is met:
A subsequent hospital visit in addition to a hospital discharge day management service reported for the same date of service by the same physician is not eligible for reimbursement.
Hospital Discharge Management and Death Pronouncement
Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, Section 1862(a)(7). This section excludes routine physical examinations.
Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, Section 1862(a)(1)(A) states that no payment shall be made for items or services which are not reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury.
Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, Section 1833(e) states that no payment shall be made to any provider for any claim that lacks the necessary information to process the claim.
CMS Online Manual Pub. 100-4, Chapter 12, Sections 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
Transmittal 1460, CR 5794
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