Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Observation Stays in the National Spotlight

Dana Halvorson

Last week, NBC Nightly News and MSNBC featured segments that continue to shine a spotlight on the observation stays issue. For both stories, National Correspondent Kate Snow, reported on the impact of Medicare’s current law that leaves thousands of beneficiaries stuck with high medical bills after leaving the hospital if skilled nursing care services are needed. And on MSNBC, Snow interviewed Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT) about his bipartisan legislation that will help fix the current policy. The MSNBC video with Rep. Courtney discusses the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act. The NBC Nightly News segment with Lester Holt discusses the importance of knowing your hospital status before being discharged.

The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) continue to keep the observation stays issue one of its top advocacy priorities. To learn more about observation stays, visit our website here.

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