Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New Optimism for Observation Stays Bill

Dana Halvorson

On May 14, 2019, McKnight’s released an article entitled, New optimism for hearing on ‘observation status’ bill.  The article focuses around Congressman Joe Courtney’s (D-CT) recent comments on the observation stays issue at the Center for Medicare Advocacy’s annual summit in Washington, D.C. The article includes reference to the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2019 (H.R. 1682/S. 753).  Introduced by Congressmen Courtney 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.  AHCA/NCAL strongly supports this bill along with several other national organizations.  For more information about the observation stays issue, please visit the AHCA/NCAL website.         

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