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    Question Observation Care

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    Can observation care be provided in an inpatient setting or an outpatient setting or both of them?

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    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    Not sure what your question is .. observation place of service is outpatient, however any bed in the facility can be used for an observation bed. It takes a physician order to be placed in observation status and a physician order to be converted to inpatient status.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Thanks for your answer Mitchell. From your answer can I assume that the observation care can only be done in an outpatient settign only.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Setting vs POS

    Mohana ... your POS will be 22 (outpatient hospital)

    But read Debra's explanation carefully. The physician MUST have ordered/admitted the patient to observation. The patient's physical location may be in a hospital room, or it may be in a section of the ER.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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