Patient Discharge Status or Patient Disposition Assignment


This course is designed to equip coders with essential knowledge and skills related to patient discharge status codes, formerly known as disposition codes. Throughout this course, participants will delve into the significance of accurate patient status coding, understand each patient status code and its practical applications, and gain insights into how reimbursement is influenced by the Post-Acute Care Transfer (PACT) rule and Special Payment DRGs. The curriculum covers topics such as the importance of patient discharge status, common errors to avoid, and facility abstracting.

Included Lessons:

  • Introduction
  • Importance of Patient Discharge Status
  • Patient Discharge Statuses
  • Patient Discharge Statuses and Facility Abstracting
  • Common Patient Discharge Status Errors
  • Summary
  • Additional Documents
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Key Takeaways

  • Understanding of Patient Discharge Status Codes: Participants will gain a thorough understanding of patient discharge status codes, including their significance in healthcare coding and billing.
  • Importance of Accuracy: Coders will recognize the critical importance of accurately assigning patient discharge status codes to ensure proper reimbursement and compliance with healthcare regulations.
  • Knowledge of PACT Rule: Coders will learn about the Post-Acute Care Transfer (PACT) rule and how it impacts reimbursement for certain cases with short hospital stays.
  • Special Payment DRGs: Participants will understand the concept of Special Payment Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs) and their role in determining reimbursement for cases with exceptionally high costs early in the hospital stay.
  • Common Errors Avoidance: The course will equip coders with the ability to identify and avoid common patient discharge status coding errors, ensuring more accurate and efficient coding practices.
  • Facility Abstracting Considerations: Coders will learn how to navigate facility-specific patient status fields and understand how to map internal facility selections to CMS patient discharge status codes.
  • Conflict Resolution: Participants will gain skills in resolving conflicting patient status information found in medical records, including the importance of validating patient statuses and querying when necessary.
  • Compliance with Facility Guidelines: Coders will be knowledgeable about following facility guidelines for accurate patient status coding, such as not using certain codes that may not be allowed by their institution.
  • Planned Readmission Awareness: The course will introduce coders to newer patient status codes related to planned readmissions, emphasizing the importance of reviewing discharge planning notes.

Benefits of Taking this Course

  • Enhanced Coding Accuracy
  • Reduced Errors
  • PACT and Special Payment DRG Understanding
  • Career Advancement
  • Greater Confidence in Coding


What is the significance of patient discharge status codes?
Patient discharge status codes are crucial in healthcare coding as they indicate where a patient is transferred or discharged after a hospital stay. These codes affect reimbursement and healthcare statistics. Accurate coding ensures proper payment to the facility and informs healthcare decision-making.
How does Special Payment DRG differ from PACT in terms of reimbursement?

Special Payment Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs) are for cases with exceptionally high early costs. Unlike PACT, Special Payment DRGs don't involve a per diem rate. Payment includes 50% of the full DRG payment plus 50% of the calculated per diem rate for the first day, with 50% of the per diem for subsequent days.

Are there specific guidelines for choosing patient discharge status codes?

Yes, each healthcare facility may have its own guidelines for assigning patient discharge status codes. Coders must adhere to their facility's guidelines to ensure consistency and compliance with regulations.

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