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Higher-Complexity ED Billing Codes — Sicker Patients, More Intensive Practice, or Improper Payments?

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  • Stephen R. Pitts, M.D., M.P.H.

Between 2001 and 2010, billing for level 5 emergency department visits increased from 27% to 48% of Medicare discharges. Some blame up-coding facilitated by EHRs, but other factors are changes in demographics, practice patterns, and the emergency department's role.

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From the Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

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