Dana Halvorson and James Michel
On June 2, 2016, Congressional Research Services (CRS) released a 7-page report by Scott Talaga entitled, Medicare’s Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Three-Day Inpatient Stay Requirement: In Brief. The report, among other things, provides a background on the issue and notes the interest of Congress on this matter.
AHCA/NCAL supports eliminating the three-day stay requirement and solving the related issue of observation stays. Increasingly, patients have no idea what their status is in a hospital, or the importance of it, which can lead to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket medical expenses should they need skilled nursing center care following their hospital stay. In addition to placing a financial burden on seniors and their families, this anomaly in Medicare rules can cause unnecessary spend-down, accelerating the time frame in which seniors will have to turn to programs such as Medicaid to pay for their care.
For more information about observation stays and the three-day stay requirement, visit the AHCA/NCAL website.