Q&A: Care that is not Medically Necessary
Q. What do you do with a patient who does not have a safe discharge plan, but does not meet inpatient criteria and has been in observation status for 48 hours?
A. Well, the original instruction from CMS that still stands is that we give the patient an advance beneficiary notice that says his or her care in the hospital setting is no longer medically necessary and is not being billed to Medicare and that he or she will be financially responsible.
Deborah Hale, CCS, CCDS, president and CEO of Administrative Consultant Service, LLC, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, answered this question.