New Patient Admission Charge

September 29, 2016

Question:
I took the General Surgery coding courses you taught in New York at The Cornell Club and believe you have already made a difference in how I code. I have a question. After I see a patient in the office and schedule an elective surgery, I prepare an H&P for this patient to be added to their chart upon admission for the planned elective surgery. A New Patient charge is generated at the office visit. Should there be an additional “new patient admission” charge generated at the time of their admission for the elective surgery, or is that considered part of the New Patient charge at the time of the office visit when the elective surgery was scheduled?

Answer:
Thank you for attending the American College of Surgeons coding course. I am very glad you found it helpful in your coding efforts. To answer your question, the patient visit at the time of the admission for elective surgery is part of the global package and not separately reported.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 09/29/16.

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