Critical Care Documentation & Billing

Critical Care Principles for Providers

CME credits available beginning August 30, 2018 through August 29, 2020

During 2016 and 2017, the MT Flex Program & MT Trauma Systems combined efforts in a project involving 17 critical access hospitals aimed towards improving reimbursement for trauma related services. Through that project, a knowledge gap was identified in regards to proper documentation of the critical care time spent by medical providers while caring for critically ill or injured patients.  The goal of this program is to increase physician knowledge of critical care requirements and the documentation necessary for accurately reflecting critical care time.

Expected Outcomes:

  1. The learner will be able to define critical care criteria and what meets the requirements of critical care time.
  2. The learner will be able to clearly identify what must be documented for time spent evaluating, providing care and managing critically ill/injured patients in order to meet medical necessity.
  3. The learner will be able to differentiate between what can be billed as critical care vs. emergency department services.  

Critical Care Principles for Providers can be taken for up to 2 CME credits. Please look through the information below and contact us (contact information listed on right) if you don’t find what you’re looking for. CME credits cost an additional $25 and are payable directly to University of Washington with your submission of the attendance verification form.

CME Accreditation

The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Method of Participation for CME credit

To participate, register and then follow the links to access the course. To receive CME, participants must complete the online educational activity followed by an evaluation and a post-test. The evaluation and post-test will be available after registration and the link will be provided for access through the course termination date of August 29, 2020. Participants must receive a minimum score of 80% (4 of 5 questions correct) on the post-test and submit an attendance verification form to the UW CME office with CME fee payment ($25).

Estimated Time to Complete

This activity consists of one video, divided into two parts, each part should take approximately 50 minutes to complete. Participants will complete both parts and the pre & post tests and evaluation in order to receive 2.0 credits.

Planning Committee

MT Trauma Systems

  • Alyssa Johnson, RN, MSN, CEN;  MT Trauma System Manager
  • Carol Kussman, RN, BSN;  MT Trauma Coordinator

MT Flex Program

  • Jack King;  MT Flex Director
  • Jamie Schultz, MSE;  Rural Hospital Improvement Coordinator

Panel Members

  • Virginia Gleason, BSN, MPA, JD;  National Director of Clinical Advisory Services, nThrive, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • William Gallea, MD, FACEP;  Emergency Physician, St. Peter’s Hospital, Helena, MT & Central Montana Medical Center, Lewistown
  • Hannah Sexton, MPA-C, PTA, ATC;  Trauma Medical Director, Wheatland Memorial Hospital, Harlowton, MT

Disclosure Information

The planning committee members and panel members, listed above,  have indicated they do not have any relationships to disclose.

Medium or Combination of Media Used

This CME activity is a pre-recorded video and requires Internet access as well as a computer, tablet, smartphone, or other device that can connect to the Internet. Media used includes video, audio, text, and graphics.

Date of Release

August 30, 2018

Termination Date

August 29, 2020