BC Advantage - 2017 Issue 8

Medicare Out Patient Observation Notice (MOON)

MOON was developed to inform patients of their status when they are not inpatient of a hospital or critical access hospital (CAH).  This went into effect February 21, 2017 and is to be implemented no later than March 8, 2017.What is the purpose of MOON you might ask? Well it's to address the status of patients who come in through the Emergency Room Department and require prolonged treatment or monitoring.  This includes initial assessment and then reassessment to determine whether additional interventional services are warranted beyond observation.  Either the patient will be converted to inpatient...

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