Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version

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Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version

Product Code: URBC

Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version is an intensive two-day course focusing on the Medicare regulatory requirements for patient status and the role of the utilization review (UR) committee.

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This live Boot Camp is best for those looking for an interactive learning experience. Classes are led by our expert instructors, take place over the course of a week, and allow instructor/student interaction and engagement.

Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version

Course Overview

Master Medicare rules for utilization review

Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version is an intensive two-day course focusing on the Medicare regulatory requirements for patient status and the role of the utilization review (UR) committee.

Managing patient status plays a critical role in proper compliance, correct reimbursement, and stabilizing inpatient payments for the hospital. In 2022, CMS reversed course on the inpatient only list elimination and adopted a new strategy for auditing services removed from the inpatient only list. The OIG has also announced they will start patient status directed audits after a 7-year hiatus.  Don’t become a target or leave money on the table—have confidence in the UR determinations you and your facility are making.

Medicare Boot Camp—Utilization Review Version also answers all your questions about navigating the CMS website and finding Medicare requirements. You will be able to find answers to your questions long after the Boot Camp is over.

You will leave this program knowing:

  • How to apply the 2-midnight benchmark, including cases with observation
  • CMS’ current strategy related to the inpatient only list and services not returned to the list for 2022
  • CMS guidance on case-by-case admissions
  • The differences between post-discharge versus concurrent patient status reviews
  • When self-denial is appropriate to take advantage of Part B payment for an inpatient case
  • How NCDs, LCDs, and coverage with evidence development (CED) affect coverage of cases that meet the 2-midnight benchmark
  • The observation coverage rules and how they interact with the 2-midnight benchmark
  • When ABNs and HINNs should be used for stays that don’t meet medical necessity requirements

This Boot Camp will help you to:

  • Determine the correct inpatient or outpatient status of a patient under Medicare FFS guidelines
  • Conduct compliant utilization review of Medicare patients
  • Implement condition code 44 or self-denial processes correctly and compliantly
  • Understand the role of a utilization review team in your organization and how they contribute to compliance and accurate reimbursement

See the HCPro difference for yourself!

Focus on the actual rules: Learn how to find and apply CMS rules and guidelines to ensure Medicare beneficiaries are placed in the correct status and billed correctly for the services they receive.

Tools and skills to navigate Medicare rules: Our instructors provide valuable tools and resources that will help you prioritize and research Medicare questions long after the Boot Camp ends.

Case studies: Case studies ensure attendees understand the concepts and know how to apply them to real-world situations.

Small class size: A low participant-to-teacher ratio is guaranteed.

Highly rated, well-established program: Participants consistently give the course an overall rating of 4.75 or higher (on a 5.0 scale).

For more detailed information about HCPro's Boot Camps, us at 615-724-7200 or email

Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version

Course Outline/Agenda

Module 1:  Medicare Overview, Contractors, and Resources

  • Overview of Medicare Part A, B, C, and D
  • Medicare contractors, including the MAC, RAC and QIO
  • Medicare Coverage Center, including LCDs, NCDs and CED
  • Prior authorization for specified outpatient procedures and services

Module 2: Outpatient Observation

  • Coverage of observation services
  • The Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON)
  • Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) for non-covered observation
  • Coding and billing of observation
  • Payment for observation under the Observation Comprehensive APC (C-APC)
  • Payment for observation at a Critical Access Hospital (CAH)

Module 3: Coverage of Inpatient Admissions

  • Inpatient order requirements
  • Inpatient certification requirements, including 96-hour CAH certification
  • Inpatient criteria and the 2-Midnight Benchmark
  • Inpatient-only procedures
  • Admission on a case-by-case basis
  • Documentation and use of screening tools

Module 4: Inpatient Utilization Review and Notices

  • Utilization review requirements and self-denials
  • Concurrent review and billing with condition code 44
  • Inpatient Part B payment and billing with condition code W2
  • Important Message from Medicare (IM)
  • Detailed Notice of Discharge (DN)
  • Hospital Issued Notice of Non-Coverage (HINN) for non-covered inpatient services

Module 5: Medicare Payment Fundamentals and Patient Responsibility

  • Basics of the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)
  • Patient coinsurance under Part B
  • Basics of the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)
  • Three-day payment window and pre-admission services
  • Medicare-severity diagnosis related groups (MS-DRGs)
  • Payment for transfers and post-acute care transfers
  • Inpatient deductible, coinsurance, and lifetime reserve days (LRDs)

Course Outline/Agenda subject to change.

Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define observation coverage, billing, coding, and payment rules
  • Discuss the appropriate application of ABNs for observation patients
  • State the inpatient order and certification requirements
  • Explain CMS’ 2-midnight rule benchmark 
  • Recognize exceptions to the 2-midnight benchmark
  • Describe the impact of LCD/NCD/CED criteria on inpatient coverage
  • State the rules for "inpatient-only" procedure billing and reimbursement
  • Describe the differences between condition codes 44 and W2
  • Use appropriate billing codes for full Part B payment for inpatient cases, including for "self-denials"
  • Differentiate inpatient and outpatient deductibles and co-payments

Continuing Education

HCPro is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

HCPro designates this educational activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program has been approved for 15 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification, offered as a service of the Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS).

HCPro is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 
This activity is available for 22.5 nursing contact hours.

This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide 15 continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs).

This program has been approved for 15 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certification in Healthcare Revenue Integrity (CHRI), offered as a service of the National Association of Healthcare Revenue Integrity (NAHRI).

Disclosure Statement:
HCPro has confirmed that none of the faculty/presenters, planners, or contributors have any relevant financial relationships to disclose related to the content of this educational activity.

Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version


What is the focus of Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version?
Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version is an intensive two-day course focusing on the Medicare regulatory requirements for patient status and the role of the utilization review (UR) committee.

Where is the course offered?
Open registration sessions of Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version are offered at various locations around the country, typically at mid-priced business hotels such as Hyatt Place or Hilton Garden Inn. For a current schedule of upcoming open registration Medicare Boot Camps, click on "Locations/Dates."

Does HCPro offer on-site sessions of Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version?
In addition to our open registration courses, we also offer Medicare Boot Camp—Utilization Review Version as an on-site program (with a substantial discount) for organizations with a number of employees who need training. For more information on hosting an on-site Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version, click on Train Groups On-sites.

What if I need to cancel or transfer my registration?
To view our cancellation policy, please click here.

Who typically attends Medicare Boot Camp—Utilization Review Version?

  • Utilization review coordinators
  • Utilization management managers and directors
  • Utilization review committee members
  • UR physician advisors
  • Case managers
  • Care coordinators
  • Revenue cycle staff
  • Nurse managers
  • Compliance officers and auditors
  • CFOs, CNOs, and VPs
  • Fiscal intermediary personnel
  • Healthcare lawyers and consultants

What material does the course cover?
To view the course outline, click on "Course Outline" above.

Does the course require any previous experience or training?
No. The course starts with Medicare fundamentals and does not assume that participants have any particular background or experience.

How is the course taught?
The course is taught using a combination of lecture, class discussion, and case studies.

What do I need to bring to class?
When you arrive at class, you will receive an extensive notebook of course materials. In addition, you may wish to bring the following to all classes:

  • A highlighter
  • A notebook for taking notes
  • Sticky notes/flags

Does HCPro ever share contact information (e.g., name, address, phone number, email address, etc.) with other companies?
Historically, we have not shared contact information with anyone outside of our company. However, it is possible that at some point we might share contact information with other companies that offer products and services that we think would be of interest to our customers. If you would like us to keep your contact information confidential, please let us know so that we can flag your information in our customer database as "Do Not Share."

How do I get more information? 
Contact us at 615-724-7200 or email

Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version


Simplify Compliance and HCPro place the highest priority on the safety of our guests. In preparation for attendance at our events, we want to share the following measures to promote health and well-being:

  • Per current CDC guidelines, if the county where our event is located is deemed to be within the high level of COVID-19, it will be recommended that all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks when indoors except while actively eating or drinking.
  • Food service will follow the safety guidelines implemented by the hotel.

To view all the safety measures that a specific hotel has implemented, please see the information listed on their website.

Simplify Compliance and HCPro will continue to monitor the COVID-19 environment and the recommended guidelines and will communicate adjustments to the onsite policies and procedures as necessary.