Monday, February 27, 2017

Lawmakers, Advocates Push For Observation Status Reform

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported lawmakers and advocacy groups in both Florida and nationally are pushing for "observation status" reform. The groups are concerned that a growing number of seniors admitted to hospitals receive "larger-than-expected hospital bills due to" Medicare not covering some benefits of patients classified as "under observation." The designation has increased in use "from 932,000 [days] in 2006 to almost 1.9 million in 2014," partially due to "Medicare’s ‘two-midnight’ rule, implemented in October 2013, that stated many patients expected to stay in the hospital fewer than two nights should be under observation instead of admitted as inpatients." For more information about observation stays, visit the AHCA/NCAL website.

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