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TRICARE Policy Manual 6010.63-M, April 2021
Administration
Chapter 2
Section 5.1
Patient Transport
Issue Date:  March 11, 2002
Authority:  32 CFR 199.4(a)(1)(i)
Copyright:  CPT only © 2006 American Medical Association (or such other date of publication of CPT). All Rights Reserved.
Revision:  
1.0  CPT CODES
99289, 99290
2.0  DESCRIPTION
Patient transport refers to physician attendance and direct face-to-face care by a physician during the interfacility transport of a critically ill or injured patient. Face-to-face care begins when the physician assumes the primary responsibility of the patient at the referring hospital/facility and ends when the receiving hospital/facility accepts responsibility for the patient’s care.
3.0  POLICY
Procedure(s) or service(s) performed/directed by the physician before and during transport of a critically ill or injured patient is a covered benefit.
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