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.
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.
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.