The documentation requirement for observation services is enormous. Hence, it is imperative to know what observation is, how to distinguish it from inpatient admission, how physician should document to justify observation services, what should a physician document at discharge from observation to say the least.
In this information-packed session, Duane Abbey, Ph.D. will shed light on how an observation log can assist in justifying observation, should condition code 44 be used or not and how does the use of condition code 44 affect the documentation. He will discuss how nursing staff and other clinical staff should document to support coding and billing for observation. In this 90 minute audio session, you will get to know the importance of carefully tracking time and interrupted observation. Duane will talk about the kind of policies and procedures you need to effectively document, code and bill for observation.
In addition, you will learn why post-surgical observation is such an issue, whether observation followed by a procedure is a problem, how do auditors and private payers view observation services, and much more.
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Who should attend? Outpatient Nursing Staff, Medical/Surgical Nursing Staff, Nurse Managers, ED Nursing Staff, Utilization Review Personnel, Quality Assurance Personnel, Quality Assurance Personnel, Physicians, Non-Physician Practitioners, Coding Personnel, Billing and Claims Transaction Personnel, Chargemaster Coordinators, Financial Analysts, Compliance Personnel, and Other Interested Personnel
Duane C. Abbey, Ph.D. is a management consultant and president of Abbey & Abbey, Consultants, Inc., which specializes in healthcare consulting and related areas. Duane earned his graduate degrees at the University of Notre Dame and Iowa State University and has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant. He performs various types of financial analysis involving business structuring, organizational development, enrollment and other financially related concerns of organizations....
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