Accomodation Codes

Charge Nurse Workshop 10/26/09 Edited 12/21/09 by Jessica Donohue, RN Adjusted for med-surg units 7a,8d

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Charge Nurse Workshop10/26/09

Edited 12/21/09 by Jessica Donohue, RN

Adjusted for med-surg units 7a,8d

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What are Accommodation Codes?Daily (24 hrs.) Patient Billing Assignments made by the

RN assigned to each patient via the Nursing Operations Database (NOD)Intensive Care, Intermediate Care, Acute Care, Nursery

Levels I-IVIn the summer of 2008 the hospital instituted nurse

staffing ratios based upon two criteria. 1. The patient's severity of illness and 2. The intensity of nursing interventions

The product used by MUHA which sets the starting standard for this is called InterQual (Nurseries use DHEC/Medicaid guidelines)

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InterQual? Tell me moreInterQual evidence-based clinical decision support

criteria are used by thousands of organizations in healthcare.

Used to answer critical questions about the appropriateness of levels of care and resource use

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How does InterQual apply to nursing activities?Dr. Cawley, our Executive Medical Director, began

chairing an InterQual meeting in September 2008.

The purpose of this meeting is:To review requests for changesProvide consistency in decision making when

allowing changesEnsure that clinical criteria are the basis for change

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How To Get InvolvedNurse managers are invited to attend the

InterQual Meeting every other Monday at 10:00 am in room 295 MH. 

Staff RNs are welcome to attend with their manager to present any patient nursing care indicators that may warrant a change. 

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How To Get Involved (cont.)The InterQual Committee sends a reviewed

list of indicators to the nurse managers periodically with updates and it is posted on the NOD.

 When you select the InterQual indicators, you are determining part of the patient’s bill. 

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To Ensure Appropriate Billing Practices

InterQual indicators should never be selected unless actual care has been provided and documented.  

InterQual criteria must be entered into the Nursing Operational Database (NOD) by 10:00 pm daily.  Patients are billed at midnight based on their midnight to

midnight care (24 hours) for the CURRENT date.  After 10:00 pm, if the patient condition changes from

routine to intermediate status enter the new criteria and notify the Admit Transfer Center so they may adjust billing prior to midnight. 

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To Ensure Appropriate Billing Practices

No patient should have “not done” in the Accommodation Code column.

Audits of the records for the following indicators have frequently shown no supporting documentation: 

Neurologic Assessments (all indicators) Anti-Infectives (all indicators)

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Accommodation Code AssignmentsRNs select standard criteria to justify the intermediate

accommodation code assignment, if applicable. Anytime during a 24 hour (midnight to midnight) period a

patient meets intermediate criteria, the RN will assign the intermediate accommodation code.

Charge Nurse verifies at 10:00pm that accommodation codes are reviewed and properly assigned for each patient. (Charge Nurse Report)

Any criteria selected must be documented in the patient record.

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Access to Nursing Operations Database Click on Nursing Operations Database ICON or Link on the front page of the Medical Center Intranet

(frequently used links)Type OACIS Log In

and Password

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Charge Nurse Verifies Accommodation CodeEvery evening at 10:00pm the charge RN must verify that

every patient has an accommodation code. Every night at midnight (after the patient’s day has been billed)

the accommodation code assignment for each patient defaults back to “Not Done” status.

Call Admission Transfer Center (ATC) if the patient has been discharged and remains on the roster. (Right Patient, Right Bed)

Call ATC (2-3306) if a patient occupies a bed that is not on the roster.

If patient condition changes between 10:00pm and midnight, call ATC and update the accommodation code criteria.

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Changing Codes that have been EnteredMed-Surg Areas

Intermediate to Routine Accommodation Code Report - Med-Surg “Change” option available (under “edit” column) if code changes

are required (e.g. if accidentally entered for wrong patient) “Change” opens up the record so that you can update previously

selected informationRoutine to Intermediate

Click on “routine” option (under “accommodation code” column) and select updated indicators to change accommodation code assignment

ICU’s Click on “ICU”, “Intermediate (ICU)” or “Routine” option (under

“accommodation code” column) and select updated indicators to change accommodation code assignment

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Summary QuestionsOnly RNs can assign Accommodation


(TRUE)The accommodation code reflects the

patient care received from midnight to midnight.


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Summary Questions (cont.)• It is okay to leave a patient accommodation code as “Not

Done”. (FALSE)

Any criteria selected must be documented in the patient record.


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Summary Questions (cont.)Billing a patient at an intermediated level without

appropriate documentation is considered billing fraud.

(True) A continuous pulse ox or apnea monitoring requires a

doctors order to be written in the chart in order for the patient to be at an intermediate level?


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Summary Questions (cont.)If the patient has a normal gtube, ng tube, is on NG feeds

or has Gtube meds, you can check that they have GI suction/drainage.