Tuesday, April 9, 2019

PBS NewsHour Story on Observation Stays Issue and Surprise Medical Bills

Dana Halvorson

On April 3, PBS NewsHour released a story by Philip Moeller titled, “How this Medicare loophole can lead to surprise medical bills.” The full article can be found here, and focuses on the observation stays issue. Thirty-three national organizations, including AHCA/NCAL, supports the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2019 (H.R. 1682/S. 753).  Introduced by Congressmen Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-PA) and Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), the legislation ensures that time spent under “observation status” in a hospital counts toward satisfying the three-day inpatient hospital requirement for coverage of skilled nursing care services under Medicare.  For more information about the observation stays issue, please visit the AHCA/NCAL website.        

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