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Initial Observation Services

Created: 07/22/2015 | Updated: 03/30/2016

There currently is no CMS directive regarding Observation level of billing. Please review the information below on reporting Initial Observation Care Services:

When documentation does not meet the required E/M elements for the lowest level of Initial Observation Care service (Detailed History, Detailed Exam, Straight Forward/Low Medical Decision Making):
     - Report the lowest level initial Observation Care E/M code
     - Educate provider on missing E/M elements

This is CU Medicine's current guideline.