Coding, Billing & Documentation for Hospitalist Services

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Linda Smith, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CMBS
Conference Date
Thu, Feb 25, 2016
60 minutes
Product Description

Get An Overview of The Codes Typically Furnished By Hospitalist Services


Coding and billing for the Hospitalists' specialty can prove to be challenging. Physicians often do more than what is reflected in the documentation. On the other hand, hospitalists have to be careful they aren't excessive in their billing practices. There are a lot of factors that go into appropriate reporting of services.  

During this session, expert speaker Linda M. Smith, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CMBS will cover the key aspects of hospitalist coding, with special considerations for evaluation and management (E/M) codes. Guidelines for reporting of these services will be reviewed, as they commonly impact the hospitalist provider. The objective of this presentation is to provide medical office staff who are responsible for coding and billing of hospitalist services with an overview of the codes typically furnished by this specialty.

Session Highlights:

  • Review of documentation requirements for initial hospital visits
  • Documentation and reporting of initial and subsequent hospital visits
  • Selection of the appropriate level of service based on medical necessity
  • Identifying and correcting weak areas of documentation
  • Key components of E/M services most frequently reported by hospitalists
  • Examples for E/M levels of service and how they affect medical necessity
  • Time charts for reporting discharge services, critical care services and prolonged services
  • CMS guidelines associated with critical care services
  • The definition of legible and complete notes
  • Reporting of multiple services provided on the same date of service
  • Tips for documenting the assessment and plan portion of the progress note
  • Documentation and reporting of diagnoses codes
  • Reporting of services for death pronouncement
  • Capturing all services for surgical procedures frequently performed by hospitalists

Session Snapshots:

  • Primary Objectives Of The Hospital Coder/Biller
  • Selection Of Appropriate Type Of Billing Service
  • Initial Hospital Care
  • Initial In-Patient Care
  • Documentation Required
  • Subsequent Care
  • Prolonged Service Codes
  • Inpatient Discharge Services
  • Death Pronouncement
  • Observation Services
  • Common Documentation Deficiencies
  • Chief Compliant
  • Family History
  • Social History
  • Exam: Organ System
  • Medical Necessity
  • Critical Care

Who should attend?

Physicians providing inpatient care, coders, billers, managers, administrators.


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About Our Speaker

Linda Smith - Preventive Medicine Services Coding Expert

Linda Smith is the founder of MedOffice Resources, an organization established to provider resources and development services to medical office staff in the New York State area.

Linda has over 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Throughout that time, the healthcare industry has gone through dramatic changes. Medical offices have experienced reduced reimbursements for services and an ever-increasing focus on regulatory guidelines...   More Info
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