Preoperative Care — Can you claim tariff 8520 hospital care?
Rule of Application 24 – Preoperative Care states:
“Preoperative Care of normal duration after admission to hospital for Elective Surgery is included in the benefits listed for the surgical service.”
Where medical complications/conditions result in an unduly long preoperative stay, make claims for daily visits up to the time of surgery via a Special Report, which must include descriptions of the complication, condition and treatment required to justify the surgery’s delay.
As stated above, you are not eligible to claim preoperative care of normal duration after Elective Surgery admission. Claim Tariff 8520 — Hospital Care per day for care:
- Prior to non-elective surgery by the physician of record; and
- For elective surgery when medical complications/conditions result in an unduly long preoperative stay.
“Unduly long” has not been defined by the parties and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.