Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Observation Stays Coalition Submits Statement to the House Energy & Commerce Committee

Dana Halvorson

On June 12, the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing entitled, “No More Surprises: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills.”  The National Observation Stays Coalition, of which AHCA/NCAL is a member, submitted a statement for the hearing record. The Coalition noted that it has come together to address the surprise medical billing issue of the observation stays matter.  Recent Capitol Hill and Administration efforts have focused on eliminating burden and unanticipated/surprise medical bills that are having a significant negative impact on out-of-pocket-costs and patient-provider relationship.  The Coalition noted in their statement that the observation stays matter is one such area that should be addressed as part of comprehensive efforts to eliminate surprise medical bills.  Counting observation status toward the 3-day inpatient requirement in the Medicare program is a common-sense policy that does not affect hospital care -- but does protect the ability of beneficiaries to receive needed post-acute nursing home care.  For more information about the observation stays issue, please visit the AHCA/NCAL website.         

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