tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 5

Compliance Alert: Use MOON to Increase Transparency

Getting inpatient/outpatient explanation right is key step in compliance, patient engagement The MOON notice has now been in effect for over two months, but chances are your hospital staff is still adjusting to the new requirement and change in routine it brings. A quick recap: The MOON—Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice— is a standardized form that hospitals must give to all Medicare beneficiaries who receive more than 24 hours of hospital care. The MOON notifies the patient that they are an outpatient, why theyare an outpatient, and the financial ramifications of that status. You must also document the specific...

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