Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NOTICE Act Introduced in the U.S. Senate

Dana Halvorson


On May 14, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act (S.1349), which will require hospitals to notify Medicare beneficiaries of their outpatient status within 36 hours after the time of their classification or, if sooner, upon discharge. Outpatient status affects a patient’s ability to receive Medicare coverage for post-acute care in a skilled nursing center.

Earlier this year, the House unanimously passed the NOTICE Act (H.R.876), which was sponsored by Congressmen Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35) and Todd Young (R-IN-9). AHCA/NCAL believes the NOTICE Act is an important first step in removing roadblocks that limit access to post-acute care. The AHCA/NCAL press statement applauding the Senate introduction of the NOTICE Act can be found here.



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