BC Advantage - 2019 Issue 5

Auditing Hospitalist Services

The inpatient side of coding and auditing can be enormously complex, with many more moving parts than are typically found in the outpatient setting. In this audit tip, we will discuss a few of the challenges that come with auditing one of the most important players in the inpatient setting: hospitalists. What is a hospitalist? As the name implies, a hospitalist is a physician who works exclusively in hospitals. They typically have an internal medicine background and play a crucial role in managing the inpatient care of acutely ill individuals. Hospitalists are a relatively new innovation, taking...

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