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How to code when the orthopedist is called to evaluate an inpatient

Effective Feb 29, 2024
Published Mar 4, 2024
Last Reviewed Feb 29, 2024
Question: One of the coders I work with consistently uses the subsequent inpatient or observation codes (99231-99233) to bill for hospital H&Ps by their orthopedic surgeons. A typical scenario would be when the orthopedist is called to evaluate a hospitalized patient with a known orthopedic injury who was admitted by another physician. The orthopedist has not previously seen the patient. I am seeing conflicting guidance on this from different sources. Can you please clarify?

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