Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Patient Stories Shine a Spotlight on Observation Stays Issue

Dana Halvorson and Andrea Todd

Under Medicare’s current observation stays policy, beneficiaries are being denied access to critical skilled nursing care and getting stuck with high medical bills after leaving the hospital.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), which is part of the Observation Stays Coalition consisting of 28 national organizations, collected real patient stories on this critical issue for its advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. This resource is now available here for member organizations to use.

The Coalition supports the bipartisan Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act (S. 843/H.R. 1571) that would count a patient’s time in observation toward the three-day hospital inpatient stay requirement.

If you have real patient stories to share, please contact AHCA’s Dana Halvorson and Andrea Todd at dhalvorson@ahca.org and atodd@ahca.org. To learn more about this issue, visit the Observation Stays page on the AHCA/NCAL website.

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