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    Medical Coding Books
    Can anyone clarify for me please; H&P says Patient is admitted to RDU. Length of stay is 9/2-9/4. Is a short stay admission considered the same as Observation?

    Thanks, Linz

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    Columbia, MO
    not necessarily. An admission or observation is defined by the physician and not by length of stay. If the physician ordered to admit then it is inpatient if he porders admit to observation it is outpatient. If he states admit to short stay I would call that inpatient.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Milwaukee WI
    Default Short Stay = Outpatient
    In our hospital "Short Stay" equals "Outpatient." In fact, it's actual name is "Outpatient Short Stay." So the POS is 22 (Hospital out patient)

    So check with the facility, and make sure that ALL your providers are consistent in using the same language to mean the same thing.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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