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CPT 99239 | Hospital Inpatient Or Observation Discharge Day Management

CPT 99239 is a hospital inpatient or observation service that involves evaluating and managing a patient on the date of the encounter, including a discharge encounter. 

What Is CPT Code 99239?

CPT code 99239 is a hospital inpatient or observation service that involves evaluating and managing a patient, including a discharge encounter and related services such as providing continuing care instructions and preparing discharge forms and prescriptions.

The service is provided on the encounter date and requires more than 30 minutes of the provider’s time, which does not need to be continuous.

Description

The CPT book describes CPT code 99239 as: “Hospital inpatient or observation discharge day management; more than 30 minutes on the date of the encounter.”

Procedure

The provider performs an evaluation and management (E/M) service for a patient in the inpatient hospital or observation setting.

This includes a discharge encounter and services such as providing continuing care instructions and preparing discharge forms and prescriptions.

The total time spent on the date of the encounter is more than 30 minutes. However, the time does not need to be continuous.

How To Use CPT 99239

Do not use CPT 99239 for discharge services provided to newborns admitted and discharged on the same date; use CPT code 99463 instead.

Do not use CPT 99239 for hospital inpatient or observation care that includes the admission and discharge of the patient on the same date; you may report CPT 99234, CPT 99235, or CPT 99236 instead.

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