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Coding => Coding => Topic started by: CMorgan on May 19, 2015, 12:06:34 PM

Title: UB04 Source of Admission
Post by: CMorgan on May 19, 2015, 12:06:34 PM
On the UB04 line item 20, the Source of Admission.  How do you know what best suites the billing?

For inpatient residential treatment for substance abuse/addiction.  The patients are usually not transferred from another facility or have a physicians referral.  The patient is the one that requests services.  So what is the best code to use?

Thank you!
Title: Re: UB04 Source of Admission
Post by: Michele on May 19, 2015, 12:38:16 PM
Source of Admission is box 15 so I'm not sure if I'm answering your question correctly.  I will answer based on box 15:

We have always used '9' for this field for substance abuse programs.  There is no code for "patient self referred" or anything like that.  The '9' simply states "information not available".  Claims have always gone through with that.

Hope that helps!