Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NOTICE Act MOON and Form Instructions Now Available

Dana Halvorson

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the finalized Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) and form instructions are now available. They can be found here. The MOON is a standardized notice to inform beneficiaries (including Medicare health plan enrollees) that they are an outpatient receiving observation services and are not an inpatient of the hospital or critical access hospital (CAH).

Outpatient status affects a patient’s ability to receive Medicare coverage for post-acute care in a skilled nursing center. The MOON is mandated by the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act) enacted on August 6, 2015.

AHCA/NCAL supports the NOTICE Act law. The NOTICE Act requires all hospitals and CAHs to provide written and oral notification under specified guidelines. Hospitals and CAHs must begin using the MOON no later than March 8, 2017. Manual instructions will be made available in the coming weeks. A fact sheet on the MOON is available here.

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