E/M Weekly Tip: Hospital and Nursing Facility Discharge Services as They Relates to Time

When submitting discharge management codes for Hospital Discharge Services (CPT codes 99238 and 99239) the total duration of time spent by a physician for the final hospital discharge of the patient must be reported.

Nursing Facility Discharge codes (CPT codes 99315 and 99316) must also include the total duration of time spent by a physician or other qualified health care professional for the final nursing facility discharge of a patient.

It is imperative that the medical documentation reflect the total time spent by a physician/other health care professional during the discharge of a patent in either setting.

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