Bill this out-of-basket code over the holidays
As in years past, you may bill the A888 code between Friday, December 23rd, 2016 and Monday, January 2nd, 2017.
As a reminder, this code is an emergency department equivalent so patients must be seen on a ‘walk-in’ basis. The role of the emergency department equivalent is ‘all or nothing’ – if even one patient is scheduled, then none of the assessments rendered can be claimed as A888.
If you would like to mix scheduled patients with unscheduled walk-ins, then a clear divide in your day must be created between the two. For example, 9am-12pm can be dedicated to patients with appointments, in which normal billing practices apply and 1:30pm-5:00pm can be dedicated to walk-ins, in which A888 codes apply.