Q&A: Coding for initial and subsequent care on two dates of service

QUESTION: A patient comes in for a paracentesis (CPT® code 49080). The same patient returns the following day under a new account number and has another paracentesis. Can we report CPT code 49081 for this subsequent encounter even though it is a separate episode of care? 

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