Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Senate Unanimously Passes NOTICE Act

Dana Halvorson 

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) commends the full U.S. Senate, and in particular the Senate Congressional leads of Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Michael Enzi (R-WY), for passing the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act (H.R. 876) this past Monday evening. This legislation was introduced by Congressmen Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35) and Todd Young (R-IN-9) in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year. 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.

On March 16, the House unanimously passed the NOTICE Act (H.R.876). The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill on June 24. With the full Senate approval, the legislation now gets sent to the President to be signed into law.

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