Maybe you've come to the same conclusion: Auditors—from the RACs to the OIG —have an obsession with observation. The patient status of observation seems to be the surefire way to trigger an audit. In fact, the increasing number of audits and the continuing confusion surrounding observation make it a decisively important subject to review during this upcoming RACmonitor webcast by Ronald Hirsch, MD.
And although observation has been billable for many years, the guidelines on its use have evolved. And while the RACs have concentrated on inpatient admissions, other auditors, including the OIG, have performed audits on the proper use and billing of observation.
In what promises to be a game-changer for you and providers, Dr. Hirsch will go into detail on the use of observation in both medical and surgical patients. And, he will also review the proper billing methods for observation.
During this exclusive RACmonitor webcast, Dr. Hirsch will...
- Explain the regulatory definition of observation
- Discuss and demonstrate the use of observation in medical patients
- Demonstrate and discuss the use of observation in surgical patients
- Review the audit risks of observation
- Provide best practices for documentation to support billing observation