As you may be aware, there have been some new telephone codes for patient care as of March 14, 2020.
This would apply to a discrepancy call to a patient where an MD (not the discrepancy nurse) is able to make contact and speak with a patient about their visit to provide information about a diagnosis, ongoing care and/or change in management. The most likely code would be K080. These codes are listed as “temporary” so we will let you know if/when we are no longer allowed to use telephone encounters for patients. See below the description for the codes.
Required for billing:
Documentation of the call on the patient’s chart- the ED/UCC Telephone encounter note would suffice.
The note would have to document:
-date of call
-time of call
-recommendations/treatment (ie antibiotic prescription)
- As the pink sheet would already have been collected from the initial visit, Trillium would need you to print the note and add additional information not automatically on the ED/UCC Telephone encounter note:
-Discrepancy doctor name
-Billing code (K080)
-patient’s health card info
*It may be easiest to have a clerk print a sticker, and then give these sheets to the clerk as you would the pink billing sheets for the billing office.
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Julie Kim , MSc, MD, FRCPC,
Cert. Resuscitation and Reanimation (Simulation)
Emergency Physician and Assistant Professor
Faculty Simulation Co-Coordinator
Div. Emergency Medicine, London Health Sciences Centre
Schulich School of Medicine, Western University