Patient Categories and Statuses for Medical Billing – not as easy as you might think!



Oh so many categories! But don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered with this handy one hour guide to categorising patients correctly and dealing with changing patient statuses.

1 hour


What is this about?

Do you know the differences between an outpatient, a non-admitted patient, a day patient, an inpatient, a type C patient, a newborn and a patient in an emergency department? Come find out why it matters and how it affects your billing decisions.

Who wrote this course?

Margaret Faux

Margaret Faux is a Lawyer who specialises in Medicare and Health Insurance Law. She is also a Registered Nurse and has been involved in medical billing for over 30 years. Margaret is the Founder and CEO of an international medical administration company, Synapse Medical Services, which operates one of the largest medical billing services in Australia. She is a published PhD researcher on the topic of Medicare claiming and compliance and is completing her doctorate at the University of Technology. Margaret’s company works in multiple health systems around the world including having been appointed by a Government body in India to advise on a project mapping the legal framework of India’s health system. Margaret is a regular presenter on the topic of Medicare claiming and compliance and the operation of health financing systems, has made numerous appearances on radio to discuss Medicare issues, and is regularly asked to comment in relation to Australian health sector reform. She also contributes regularly to medical media including contributing to Australian Doctor and Medical Observer as well as being a regular contributor to the Croakey Health Blog. Margaret is also a guest lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, in the Faculty of Health and her publications are available at this link

Time Commitment:

1 hour, self-paced



Mode of Delivery:



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What the course covers

A topic that is not as easy as it sounds, but don’t worry you have come to the right place to become an expert on this tricky but extremely important area, particularly for doctors working in hospital settings. This short course is a comprehensive guide to categorising patients correctly and understanding the funding arrangements that apply to each. Some of the things you will learn are; the difference between hospital categories and Medicare categories, outpatients and non-admitted patients, Type C patients, Day admissions, newborn baby categories and much, much more. We will also cover how to manage changing patient statuses for patients in public hospitals. Upon completion of this course you will able to carry out mistake free medical billing with confidence and focus your attention on the things that are more important to you like improving the lives and outcomes of your patients.

How the course is conducted

This course has been designed to be completely independent and self-paced meaning there is no need for intervention from a trainer.


Short Q&A and MCQ.

You are allowed to go back and forth in the courses and re-do quizzes multiple times