Case Management

Mentor moment: The benefits of having a physician advisor

Case Management Weekly, August 15, 2012

Physician advisors use broad clinical experience to address the complexities of care and treatment attending physicians might be considering and to facilitate the documentation of that detailed decision-making process.  

Physician advisors add expertise to level of care determination processes when hospital staff members monitoring level of care determinations think that documentation does not support the physician’s order. When test results and/or documentation in the medical record leave questions, the physician advisor discusses the case the attending physician and facilitates clinical documentation to support the level of care. The physician advisor completes a report to be placed in the medical record. The attending physician can sign the report or dictate for the medical record additional documentation that supports the decision. 

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from Observation Services: A Guide to Compliant Level of Care Determinations, Third Edition published by HCPro, Inc.

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