Health Information Management

Pay per view: New information for ED trauma coding and charge capture creates confusion

APCs Insider, April 11, 2008

New CMS guidance regarding services included in critical care CPT codes—codes that were commonly believed to be separately billable by the facility—has brought uncertainty to emergency departments (ED) nationwide. HIM directors and outpatient coding staff members must consider changing their approaches to trauma and critical care coding and scrutinize more than seven years of potential noncompliance.

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