Observation or Admission? What Every Physician Needs to Know

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Elin Baklid-Kunz, MBA, CHC, CPC, CPMA, CCS
Conference Date
Tue, Dec 06, 2011
60 Minutes
Product Description

RAC audits are finding a large percentage of improper payments due to admitting patients that did not meet inpatient criteria.


Distinguishing between inpatient admissions and outpatient observation services continues to be a billing problem for many physicians, and hospitals are now starting to report observation services more frequently after having inpatient claims denied for medical necessity. But many physicians are still not aware of the correct way to code for these services. Take away audit tools to monitor compliance.

Plus: Elin will provide:

  1. Compliance Checklists for Physician Observation Coding
  2. RAC reference tool for physicians
  3. Documentation Tips for Common Coding Issues

Why the Focus - Admissions vs. Observations?

  • Payment Differences
  • Physician Responsibility
  • Medicare Guidelines
  • Documentation Requirements & Billing Scenarios
  • Chose the Correct Category of Codes & Level of Service

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker. 

Who should attend? Coding professionals, billing specialist, practice managers, HIM directors, compliance officers, case managers and, physicians

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About Our Speaker

Elin Baklid Kunz - Medical Billing Coding Expert


Kunz is a national speaker and published author on topics related to medical practice compliance, coding, reimbursement, chart audits and federal regulations. Her twenty years of healthcare experience includes six years as Director of Physician Services for a large health system, seven years in corporate finance and four years in compliance. She presents workshops for the American Academy of Professional Coders and delivers keynote presentations for Eli Research...   More Info
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