AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 3 (March)

Observation and Hospital Admission and Discharge Service (March 1998)

March 1998 pages 1-2 Observation and Hospital Admission and Discharge Service Recent winds of change have caused a metamorphosis in the healthcare environment. Facilities are seeing an increase in one-day stays in both the inpatient and observation setting. Although patients are being admitted and discharged more quickly, the time and effort spent performing the admission and discharge services remains the same. Since the work performed for both admission and discharge services requires the same effort, whether performed on the same or different days of service, it was determined that more specific codes were necessary to identify these circumstances and...

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