Sunday, January 26, 2014

Observation Stays Coalition Grows

Two additional organizations have joined the observation stays coalition and its efforts to fix the observation stay loophole. The Association of Jewish Aging Services and the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) are now active members of the coalition. The group currently consists of 22 organizations advocating for The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2013 (S. 569/H.R. 1179), introduced by Reps. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Tom Latham (R-IA), along with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), which seeks to count all hospital days spent in observation towards the three-day stay requirement. At this time, S. 569 has 25 bipartisan cosponsors, while H.R. 1179 has 134 bipartisan cosponsors. The updated Coalition fact sheet, including a list of all active Coalition members, can be found here. For more information about observation stays, visit the AHCA/NCAL website.

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