Monday, April 29, 2013

Call for Stories – Observation Stays Issue

AHCA/NCAL has made the issue of Observation Stays one of its top advocacy and outreach priorities. Our efforts include supporting the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2013, which ensures observation stays count toward the Medicare-required three-day hospital stay, and connecting with key members of Congress to support this legislation. To boost our efforts, we need your help in collecting stories and/or names of those beneficiaries who have been impacted financially and emotionally by this observation stays issue.

We will use these stories on our website and in meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress as we work to garner support for H.R. 1179 and S. 569. If you have a story to share with AHCA/NCAL or the name of a beneficiary you could pass along who has been impacted by this issue, please e-mail Claire Krawsczyn. AHCA/NCAL can contact the beneficiary directly to get his or her story should they be willing to share it. All who share their experience must sign the authorization form in order to give AHCA/NCAL permission to use the individual’s name, story and picture should they chose to submit one.

For more information on this issue, please feel free to contact AHCA/NCAL or visit the Observation Stays page on The recently updated observation stays issue brief can be found here for your reference.

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