tci E/M Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 10

Hospital Coding: Note These Rules to Make Proper Observation Code Choice

Experts: Check with third-party payers on longer one-day stays. When your physician performs an observation service, you have to be at the ready with knowledge of several codesets. Why? You’ll choose your observation code based not just on the three components of the E/M service; code choice will also hinge on the patient’s length of stay in the observation area. We got the lowdown on how to file the highest-quality observation claims from a trio of experts who have — ahem — observed it all in coding. Check out what they had to say about observation codes...

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