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    Has anyone seen this -- we were just informed of this from our medical director. Effective July 1, 2009 the new rules for observation are:

    “Observation is an outpatient service that must be ordered by a physician. CMS asserts that the term “admit to” be used to denote an inpatient admission and that the term “status” refers to an inpatient or an outpatient. Therefore, a physicians order for observation services SHOULD NOT include the terms “admit to” or status”. Preprinted orders should be modified to remove terminology that refers to observation services in terms of “admission” or “status”. Examples of appropriate order terminology include “observation services”, “provide observation services”, or “place in observation”. Standing orders for observation remain impermissible.

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    They must not have enough things to do. That is very minor and silly in my opinion.

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    just another game we have to play

    Robin Ingalls-Fitzgerald CCS, CPC, FCS, CEMC, CEDC

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    Do you have the link for that?


    Laura, CPC

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    Just another game we have to play!
    But I have not found any documentation from our MAC on this
    If you have a copy of the CMS transmittal please e-mail it to me @ rfitzgerld@yahoo.com
    Have a great fourth
    Robin Ingalls-Fitzgerald CCS, CPC, FCS, CEMC, CEDC

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