posted Aug 29, 2012, 12:10 PM by Frank Baskin   [ updated Nov 18, 2013, 12:24 PM ]
Following is information about a bill in Congress which would address the hosptial "observation day" issue. Some individuals may go to a hospital for several days.....FOR MORE CLICK TITLE...  or longer and not be admitted. They are on "observation status". If they are sent to a nursing home those "observation days " do not count as hosptial days and so Medicare will not pay for their nursing home admission. the individual and he family are left with a very large bill which they did not expect.
Sen. John Kerry and Rep. Joe Courtney recently introduced the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act (S. 818) in the U.S. Senate and H.R. 1543 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The bill would specify that a Medicare beneficiary hospitalized under observation for more than 24 hours would be deemed to have been an inpatient and would be considered to have been discharged upon leaving the hospital. Under these circumstances, the beneficiary would be eligible for Medicare Part A coverage of post-acute care.

Contact your legislators and urge them to cosponsor the corrective legislation.