Case Management

Audio conference: Observation services: A case study approach to proper billing

Case Management Weekly, February 29, 2012

CERTs, RACs, MACs and MICs are more active than ever in auditing the necessity of inpatient admission. Learn how your organization can guard against an audit and ensure the proper use of observation services during a March 6 HCPro audio conference “Observation services: A case study approach to proper billing.

During this live 90-minute audio conference, our expert speaker, Deborah K. Hale, will review observation case studies to determine proper billing protocol. Scenarios will include Condition Code 44, observation prior to inpatient admission, observation following outpatient surgery, and accounting for active monitoring. You'll walk away with proven strategies for billing observation services appropriately and preventing denials.

This is an intermediate level program. Participants should have a basic understanding of observation services and Condition Code 44.

Objectives covered in the audio include:

  • Describe billable opportunities for observation services
  • Calculate billable observation hours
  • Define complication of a procedure
  • Explain proper use of Condition Code 44
  • Explain proper use of Condition Code 44

Information about this audio conference is available at

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