Weekend Rounds

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December 23, 2014

Question:

I share weekend call with another practice that I am not affiliated with. Sometimes, when rounding, I check on a few of their patients some of which are their post-ops and some have not had surgery. Since I am not part of their practice is this something I can bill for? If so, should I bill a consult or a follow-up visit?

Answer:

Good question. You should not charge for rounding on their post-op patients and they shouldn’t charge for rounding on yours. You should treat the patients as if they were your own…and you would not bill for routine post-op care on your own patients. However, if your call partner is not in a global period you may report a subsequent hospital care code (9923x) for your rounding visits.