Picis Inc. has introduced software to document medical necessity decisions when a patient is held for observation in the emergency department or admitted to the hospital.

The LYNX CareBridge application integrates with version 5.0 of the Wakefield, Mass.-based vendor's Picis ED PulseCheck emergency department information system. CareBridge enables hospitals to document the decision of where to place a patient and bill appropriately, with documentation later available to defend admissions decisions if an audit is started, according to the vendor.

Hospitals can configure the software to apply their specific policies for admission; capture diagnoses, risk factors, present on admission conditions, physician care plans and other data; identify if documentation supports the admission or observation decision; and provide a documented summary of medical necessity and physician intent.

More information is available at picis.com.

--Joseph Goedert

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