During morning rounds, the pediatric hospitalist sees an inpatient with pneumonia. The hospitalist performs a problem-focused interval history, an expanded-level physical examination, and low-level medical decision-making. A total of 10 minutes is spent with the patient. In the evening the patient’s condition worsens and she is seen by a different hospitalist in the same practice. This physician performs an expanded interval history and physical examination with moderate-level medical decision-making. The second physician spends 45 minutes on the floor with the patient and family. Thirty minutes are spent counseling the parents. How will the services of both physicians be reported?

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) guidelines stipulate when evaluation and management (E/M) services are provided to a patient by the same physician (or another physician of the same specialty in the same group practice with the same tax identification number) on the same day of service, one E/M service may be reported...

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