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Financial Viability of Emergency Department Observation Unit Billing Models.

08:00 EDT 16th May 2018 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Financial Viability of Emergency Department Observation Unit Billing Models."

Outpatients receive observation services to determine the need for inpatient admission. These services are usually provided without the use of condition-specific protocols and in an unstructured manner, scattered throughout a hospital in areas typically designated for inpatient care. Emergency department observation units (EDOUs) use protocolized care to offer an efficient alternative with shorter lengths of stay, lower costs and higher patient satisfaction. EDOU growth is limited by existing policy barriers that prevent a "two-service" model of separate professional billing for both emergency and observation services. The majority of EDOUs use the "one-service" model, where a single composite professional fee is billed for both emergency and observation services. The financial implications of these models are not well understood.

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Name: Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
ISSN: 1553-2712
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