E/M Weekly Tip: Discharge Services - Date of Service

A hospital discharge service (CPT code 99238 or 99239) must be reported for the date of the actual visit by the physician or qualified nonphysician practitioner even if the patient is discharged from the facility on a different calendar date.

For more information, please visit the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, 100-04, Chapter 12, Section 30.6.9.2 B at CMS website (PDF, 1.04 MB).