Wednesday, June 24, 2015

AHCA/NCAL Applauds Senate Finance Committee for Approval of NOTICE Act

Legislation is positive step forward for Medicare beneficiaries

Dana Halvorson 

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) commends the Senate Finance Committee for approving and supporting the Notice of Observation, Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act (S.1349) during Committee consideration today. The Committee’s approval clears the way for the NOTICE Act to be considered by the full Senate. The NOTICE Act will require hospitals to notify Medicare beneficiaries of their outpatient status within 36 hours. Outpatient status affects a patient’s ability to receive Medicare coverage for post-acute care in a skilled nursing center. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced the NOTICE Act in the Senate on May 14. On March 16, 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).

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