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Status Codes Offer Greater Specificity

 
November 27, 2007:
A new and a revised discharge status indicator will enable hospitals to report patient status in more detail beginning April 1, 2008.

05            Discharge/transfer to a designated cancer center or children’s hospital.

70            Discharge/transfer to another type of health care institution not defined elsewhere in the code list

The UB-04 claim form includes the patient status code as Field Locator 17. The patient status code is a two-digit code to indicate the disposition or discharge status of the beneficiary on a submitted claim, and it is a required field on all institutional claims. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made these changes as a result of the National Uniform Billing Committee workgroup’s efforts to clarify the definitions of patient discharge status codes.

Deborah C. Hall
Clinical/Technical Editor

 

 
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