General pediatricians often provide care to newborns who are ill but do not require intensive or critical care. For example, care of the neonate with jaundice, fever, or hypoglycemia may require management but not intensive monitoring and frequent interventions that would support reporting neonatal intensive care codes (9947799480). When reporting hospital care of the ill newborn, it is important to understand which codes are applicable.

The condition of the neonate and type of care provided should differentiate between care of a normal newborn and hospital care of an ill newborn. The codes reported are not dependent on the setting in which care is provided (eg, newborn nursery, special care nursery). Care provided prior to admission to the newborn nursery (eg, 99464, attendance at delivery) is separately reported.

Occasionally, the same physician or physicians of the same specialty and same group practice provide initial hospital care...

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