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Observation versus Inpatient Divide Heralds Surge in Denials and Audits

August 16, 2021 Ronald Hirsch, MD | Knicole Emanuel Esq. | David Glaser, Esq. | Ellen Fink-Samnick | Matthew Albright | Chris Shearer, MD Episode 466
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Observation versus Inpatient Divide Heralds Surge in Denials and Audits
Show Notes

The battle lines have been drawn between observation and inpatient status, as hospitals jockey for appropriate reimbursement for comparable patient care. And this standoff is creating an opening for a surge of potential Medicare audits.

Auditors — lean and mean from slim audit pickings during the coronavirus pandemic — are hungry, looking for the low-hanging fruit created when administrators, physician advisors, and case managers aren’t on the same page, putting hospitals at even greater risk for more denials, lower reimbursement, and longer lengths of stay. It’s a conundrum documented in a nationwide survey undertaken by Sound Physicians and reported on by Chris Shearer MD, MPH, chief medical officer in the organization’s Physician Advisor Services section.

To learn more about the extent of recent auditing activities, listen to the next live edition of Monitor Mondays, coming your way on Monday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. EST.

Other segments to be featured during the live broadcast include the following:

  • Monday Rounds: Ronald Hirsch, MD, vice president of R1 RCM, will return with another installment of his popular segment.
  • RAC Report: Healthcare attorney Knicole Emanuel, a partner at the law firm of Practus, will file the Monitor Mondays RAC Report.
  • Risky Business: Healthcare attorney David Glaser, shareholder in the law offices of Fredrikson & Bryon, will join the broadcast with his trademark segment, reporting on legal implications facing healthcare providers.
  • Legislative Update: Former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official Matthew Albright, now chief legislative affairs officer for Zelis, will report on the latest healthcare regulatory news coming out of Washington, D.C.
  • SDoH Report: Ellen Fink-Samnick, a nationally recognized expert on the social determinants of health (SDoH), will have the latest news on a trending topic that is attracting significant media attention. Ellen will also conduct the Monitor Mondays Listeners Survey.