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  1. Question Observation Care
    Medical Coding Books
    Can observation care be provided in an inpatient setting or an outpatient setting or both of them?

  2. #2
    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.

  4. #4
    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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