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Pay-Per-View: Observation coding and billing scenarios demystified

APCs Insider, October 26, 2007

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Establishing definitions for what constitutes observation time has been the cause of much confusion in the hospital world. In a recent HCPro, Inc., audioconference, "OPPS Observation: Solutions to difficult coding, charging, and billing scenarios," speakers Valerie Rinkle, MPA, revenue cycle director for Asante Health System in Medford, OR, and Gloryanne Bryant, BS, RHIA, CCS, corporate director of coding and HIM compliance for Catholic Healthcare West in San Francisco, clarified the definition of observation to ensure compliance with Medicare coding and billing guidelines.

Click here to read more about coding and billing for observation, observation status versus recovery status, and much more. Briefings on APCs subscribers have free access to this article in the November issue via their online subscriptions.

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