Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes 99234–99236 (observation or inpatient hospital admission and discharge, same day) and 99463 (initial hospital or birthing center care, per day, for evaluation and management [E/M] of normal newborn infant admitted and discharged on the same date) were addressed in the April 2010 issue of AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter™ (Vol 5, No. 7) because the American Medical Association (AMA) had published new guidelines for reporting the services.

The AMA has recently rescinded the guidelines as presented in the April 2010AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter and reverted back to the original guidelines as presented in the June 2009 issue of AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter. On your copy of the April 2010 article, “Observation or Inpatient Same-Day Admission and Discharge Services,” please make a note to disregard and refer to this article for guidelines that should be followed when reporting codes 99234–99236 or 99463.

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