Hospital Discharge Services

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) manual, only one hospital discharge day management service (CPT codes 99238, 99239) is payable per patient, per hospital stay, regardless of the order in which the discharge management service codes are received. In addition, only the attending physician of record may report the discharge day management service. If an inpatient discharge service has already been processed, the subsequent discharge service submitted will be denied.