I work for a large gastroenterology group. We just received notification from Healthnet that they are now going to be monitoring our hospital admissions because they have a new policy regarding observation care.

So my manager asked me to find out how many other offices are now billing observation care codes instead of hospital admission codes? Are you changing the way you care for your patients based on the new policies going into effect? (meaning that patients in the past who you would have admitted for a hospital stay are now being sent to the hospital for observation status)

For those of you billing the observation care codes, are you having difficulties getting reimbursed?