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In rare twist, long beats short in discharge day management codes

Effective Feb 27, 2020
Published Mar 2, 2020
Last Reviewed Feb 27, 2020

Currently, CERT auditors may be looking into your use of 99238 (Hospital discharge day management; 30 minutes or less) and 99239 ( … ; more than 30 minutes). If so, it may have to do with their unusual usage pattern relative to other pairs of time-based codes, in which the longer-duration, higher-price 99239 has increased in use while the shorter-duration, lower-price 99238 has declined.

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