Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) provides codes for reporting discharge day management services for inpatient and observation stays. The Table provides the codes and descriptors for discharge day management services. These codes take into account work such as final examination of the patient, review and discussion of the hospital stay, coordination and instruction for ongoing care with caregiving agencies, preparation of final discharge records, prescriptions, and referral forms. Discharge day management may include pronouncement of death when performed. Discharge day management codes are differentiated by

A patient is admitted to observation on Monday evening based on the admitting physician’s phone order. The physician provides an initial face-to-face visit on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday evening, the physician discharges the patient. The physician reports a code for admission and discharge on the same date (99234–99236) because the physician provided the initial observation care and discharge service on Tuesday....

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