Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two More Organizations Join Observation Stays Coalition Efforts

Dana Halvorson

AHCA/NCAL continues its support and advocacy for legislation, 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.

Currently, S. 569 has 25 bipartisan cosponsors, while H.R. 1179 currently has 140 bipartisan cosponsors.

AHCA/NCAL also continues its work as part of the Observation Stays Coalition, which now consists of 30 organizations advocating for this important legislation. The National Council on Aging and the Catholic Health Association of the United States are the most recent organizations to add their names to the Coalition efforts. The updated Coalition fact sheet can be found here.

For more information about observation stays, please visit the AHCA/NCAL website.

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