There can be confusion in patient status sometimes when medical coding. If you work for a hospital that does both outpatient and inpatient services you need to know the differences. For the most part the division is easy to follow. Outpatient status is anything done in the physician’s office but this can get confusing when dealing with surgery centers. The lingo seems to change which can cause some of the confusion.
Medical Coding Patient Status In A Nutshell
You may have heard the terms same day surgery or ambulatory surgery which also refer to the outpatient setting. With the increase in technology and ability for procedures to be done quickly with less invasive measures there has been an increase in outpatient services. Procedures that had once been open, now can be done laparoscopic which allows the patient to have treatment early in the day and go home that afternoon or evening. Such procedures that fall into this category are as follows: