Thursday, November 14, 2013

AARP Releases New Report on Observation Stays

By Dana Halvorson

Yesterday, AARP’s Public Policy Institute released a new report on observation stays entitled “RapidGrowth in Medicare Hospital Observation Services: What’s Going On?”.  It includes new data and policy recommendations including counting the time spent in observation toward the three-day inpatient hospital stay requirement for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility care, as the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act (H.R. 1179/S. 569) would do.  AARP’s press release on the report can be found here, while the summary of the report is available here.    

AHCA/NCAL continues its support and advocacy for H.R. 1179/S. 569, introduced by Reps. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Tom Latham (R-IA), along with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).  AHCA/NCAL also continues its work as part of the Observation Stays Coalition, which currently consists of 18 organizations advocating for this important legislation. The updated Coalition fact sheet, which lists all of the Coalition members, can be found here.  For more information about observation stays, please visit the AHCA/NCALwebsite.

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