A pediatrician covering for another pediatrician is called in for a 17-year-old who needed admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) for a possible overdose of an anticholinergic drug with seizures, hallucinations, and depression. The patient is admitted to the adult ICU with the covering physician as attending. The attending physician spends 5 hours on the patient's unit (from 1:00 to 6:00 am) doing an initial history and physical examination with comprehensive history, comprehensive physical examination, and high-complexity medical decision-making and then trying to find a pediatric ICU to accept the patient. What Current Procedural Terminology code(s) are used to report these services? (Assume the full 5 hours was devoted to this patient and appropriately documented.)

The pediatrician in this example is covering for another pediatrician, but this information is not necessarily relevant to the codes reported for the services because hospital care codes do not differentiate between a new...

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