Recorded May 23, 2019
NOTE: This webinar contains observation services that are deleted effective 1-1-2023. Observation is reported with codes 99221-99223, now defined as inpatient and observation level care. The information about coding for newborn, intensive and critical neonatal care is accurate.
Pediatricians and family physicians who care for newborn and older children in an inpatient setting need to select the correct category of code based on the condition of the patient. For newborns, this varies from caring for healthy newborns, to neonates who require inpatient care, intensive care or critical care. Some physicians and facilities care for infants at all acuity levels and some stabilize and transfer critically ill patients.
It is important to select the codes that reflect the condition of the patient, whether providing 24-hour care or stabilizing and transferring the patient. This webinar will explain the use of these codes, using clinical examples from CPT® Changes: An Insider’s View from 2008, 2009 and 2013.
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe when to use normal newborn codes and when to use initial and subsequent hospital visits
- Code accurately for critically ill patients who are stabilized and transferred to another facility
- Reference services that are bundled into critical care services for newborns and for older children
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