Observation vs. Acute Inpatient: What’s All the Fuss?

When admitting a patient to the hospital the attending physician must determine the medical necessity for an acute in-patient admission vs observation level of care. These levels of care often have very similar medical interventions but very different financial implications for both the patient and the facility.

AllMed’s Medical Director Dr. David Spiro led an interactive discussion with the AllMed Medical Director team of Hospitalists and Internists during which they explored the medical necessity of inpatient and observation care utilizing a real patient case as a learning tool. This webinar clarified the differences between acute inpatient and observation levels of care and covered the considerations for both payers and providers when assessing medical necessity.

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