Observation vs. Admitting - Meet these Guidelines to Ensure Pay

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Elin Baklid-Kunz, MBA, CHC, CPC, CPMA, CCS
Conference Date
Tue, Dec 15, 2009
60 Minutes
Product Description

Distinguish between 'Observation' and 'Admitting' before the RACs do it for You…

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

CMS issued new instructions for observation vs. inpatient admission and discharge codes in February of 2008, but many physicians are still not able to distinguish between when to use observation and admission codes.

Join Elin Baklid-Kunz, MBA, CPC, CCS for this 60-minute audio event where she will provide you with documentation tips for common physician coding issues, observation services, and a must have checklist for shared visits.

Get the insight you need for observation and admitting; timeframes, RAC audits, billing and more.

Here's what you will learn in just 60 minutes:

  • Inpatient and observation services - some of the procedures are the same, but status is everything.
  • Admitting patients? Choose the correct code every time.
  • The coders role is vital to ensuring proper payment - Here's why.
  • The breakdown of reimbursement for observation services: facility and professional.
  • Zoom in on these physician documentation requirements for observation and admission services
  • Observation does not always come as a "one-size-fits-all"… Distinguish between the different types.
  • How to use Condition code 44
  • Plus: Elin will guide you through billing scenarios for practice.

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

Your registration includes:

  • Flexible enrollment. Scheduling conflict? No problem. This session is also available on CD.
  • Complimentary attendee package, including the speaker's complete presentation handouts. Keep this quick reference tool close by for future use.
  • One low price for all the staff you can stuff into a conference room.

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About Our Speaker

Elin Baklid Kunz - Medical Billing Coding Expert

Elin Baklid-Kunz is an expert in medical coding compliance who supports clients in matter across the United States with over 20 years of experience in the field.

Ms. Kunz is a national speaker and published author. Recent speaking engagements include the 2018 European Symposium on Ethics and Governance in Paris for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development; American Bar Association 2018 Physician Legal Issues Conference,  2017 American...   More Info
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