I wanted to clarify that the previous critical care billing card posted is a reference as a reminder that you *may* have performed critical care. It is not an absolute "if A then B."
As per usual, your documentation must support that you spent 31 minutes or greater solely dedicated to the care of the patient and that they had a critical organ or life threat.
In reference to the previously posted critical care card, our coding support team has identified a few items that alone would not be sufficient to claim critical care:
They have provided us with MedData's "Critical Care Descriptors: Description that highly suggest critical care" PDF that I have attached. Please reference this PDF as well.
REMEMBER: THESE ARE ONLY REMINDERS THAT ARE HIGHLY SUGGESTIVE THAT YOU PERFORMED CRITICAL CARE. YOUR DOCUMENTATION MUST ALSO REFLECT THAT YOU SPENT A DEDICATED >31 MINUTES SOLEY ON THE PATIENT'S CARE.
Disclaimer: Information contained in this blog is the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the official opinion of Carolinas HealthCare System. Application of material contained in this blog is at the discretion of the practitioner to verify for accuracy.
Disclaimer: All original material and images included on this website are the sole property of CMC EM Residency and cannot be used or reproduced without written permission. Information contained on this website is the opinion of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official opinion of Atrium Health or Carolinas Emergency Medicine Residency.
For Health Care Providers: Every effort is made to provide the most up to date evidence based medicine. However, this content may not necessarily reflect the standard of care and application of material contained on this website is at the discretion of the practitioner to verify for accuracy.
For the Public: This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Relying on information contained on this website is done at your own risk. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking care secondary to content on this website. Call 911 or seek a medical professional immediately for any medical emergencies.
Like us on Facebook or
follow us on Twitter/Instagram
Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical Education Building., Third floor
1000 Blythe Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203