Inpatient vs Outpatient
After completing this activity you will be better able to:
- Indicate the differences between outpatient observation and inpatient designation in the hospital setting.
- Identify the specific admission and discharge criteria governing observation versus inpatient designation.
- Define and apply the documentation requirements for supporting a patient observation status.
- Apply general medical necessity criteria and guidelines to case studies including recognition of diagnoses, documentation and specific care information to support the patient status.
This program has been approved for 2 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the educational requirements for the maintenance of the C-CDI credential by the Clinical Documentation Improvement and Integrity Certification Board.