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Table 3 Reasons for billing zero-charge time

From: Patient-care time allocation by nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the intensive care unit

Comments Total hours
Rounding 853
No reason stated (free-text box blank) 412
Sign-out 196
Chart review 169
Teaching/training activities 111
Direct patient care 66
Billing time 58
Speaking to family/patient 55
Discharge/transfer-related activities 22
Administrative tasks 9
Patient died 1
Total 1,952
  1. Convenience sample from December 26, 2010, through January 31, 2011.