News & Analysis

March 2, 2011
Case Management Monthly

CMS’ rules for properly applying condition code 44 are hard enough to understand, but when it comes to putting those rules into practice, things can get even more difficult.

March 2, 2011
Case Management Monthly

Observation services are a specific set of services provided to a patient while the physician decides whether to admit or discharge the patient. That means if a patient undergoes a procedure that requires “active monitoring,” he or she is not receiving observation services during the procedure. 

March 2, 2011
HIM Briefings

In 2010, HCPro’s Revenue Cycle Institute conducted its second annual in-depth study on RAC preparedness among healthcare providers. The results are now in: RAC audits have picked up, but preparation and education are still under way for many, and HIM plays an important role.

January 1, 2011
Case Management Monthly

In a recent HCPro audio conference titled “ Observation Services v. Inpatient Admission: Assign Proper Level of Care and Prevent Denials,” experts answered listeners’ questions about proper use of observation services. 

January 1, 2011
Case Management Monthly

Finding a tool that organizes the discharge process into a framework may provide for a more timely and accurate plan. 

December 1, 2010
Case Management Monthly

Condition code 44 has been problematic for hospitals since its inception in 2004 due to CMS’ unclear language, multiple changes to the observation billing rules, and inconsistent guidance.

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