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LEVEL 1 H&P
 

 

Level 1 Admission H&P (99221)

The 99221 represents the lowest level of initial care for patients being admitted to the hospital.  Internists selected the 99221 level of care for only 3% of these encounters in 2012.  The Medicare allowable reimbursement for this service is approximately $102 and is worth 1.92 RVUs.  Usually the presenting problems are of low severity. 

The documentation for this code requires THREE out of THREE of the following:

1)  Detailed History
2)  Detailed Exam
3)  Straightforward / Low Complexity Medical Decision-Making

Or 30 minutes spent face-to-face with the patient if coding based on time.  The appropriate documentation must be included.

Clinical Example

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Admission H&Ps

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