AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 9 (September)

Coding Brief: Observation Care Scenarios (September 2010)

September 2010 pages 4-5 Coding Brief: Observation Care Scenarios There continues to be confusion regarding the appropriate reporting of services provided to patients designated or admitted as “observation status” in a hospital. The patients in this status are observed to determine whether they should be admitted to the hospital, transferred to another facility, or sent home. However, these services may be provided in any area of the hospital; it is not necessary for the hospital to have a designated physical area in which these observation services are performed. A source of coding confusion relates to prolonged stays at observation...

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