23-hour stay | definition of 23-hour stay by Medical dictionary
23-hour stay A period of hospitalisation of < 1 day in duration.
23-hour stays allow the patient management team to observe a patient with signs of a condition (e.g., stroke, AMI, haemorrhage) that would require hospitalisation for a prolonged period of time; because the patient is admitted for < one day, all the services are billed at higher rates than would be allowed by the DRGs, were the patient hospitalised.
Clockwatching may occur if lab or other results are delayed; patients may need to be discharged then readmitted under another DRG code.
23-hour stay Managed care A period of hospitalization of < 1 day in duration Pros 23HSs allow the management team to observe a Pt with signs of a condition–eg, stroke, AMI, hemorrhage that would require hospitalization for a prolonged period of time; because the Pt is admitted for < one day, all the services are billed at higher rates than would be allowed by the DRGs, were the Pt hospitalized. See TQM.
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