Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2011 Section by Section Summary Sen. John F. Kerry & Sen. Olympia Snowe Section 1: Short Title—"Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2011". Section 2: Counting … [Read more...] about Senators Kerry and Snowe, with Representatives Courtney and Latham, Introduce Legislation to Ensure Skilled Care for Seniors
"Observation" is the term used to describe the outpatient status of a patient who is in a hospital, but not as an inpatient. Although the Medicare Manuals limit observation to 24-48 hours, many beneficiaries nationwide are experiencing extended stays … [Read more...] about Extended Observation Stays in Acute Care Hospitals: Criticism, Legislation and Discussion
On March 10, 2010 NCCCNHR, The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, along with the Center for Medicare Advocacy hosted a web seminar on overcoming barriers to skilled nursing care, presented by Center Senior Policy Attorney Toby S. … [Read more...] about Overcoming Barriers to Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Care
What are Observation Services? CMS Brochure Favorable Decisions What Should Beneficiaries and their Advocates Do? Continuing Work Being in a hospital bed in a … [Read more...] about Observation Services: What Can Beneficiaries and Advocates Do?
Advocates at the Center for Medicare Advocacy are working on a case involving an individual who was in a hospital bed for four days but was never "formally admitted". Instead, the hospital accorded her "observation status". … [Read more...] about “Observation Status” Harms SNF Patients As Well As Hospital Patients
The Medicare statute and regulations authorize payment for skilled nursing facility (SNF) care for a beneficiary who, among other requirements, was a hospital inpatient for at least three days before the admission to the SNF. The Center for … [Read more...] about When is Hospital Stay NOT a Hospital Stay? When the Patient Is In “Observation Status”
Advocates at the Center for Medicare Advocacy recently settled a case involving an individual who was in a hospital bed for four days but was never "formally admitted ". Instead, the hospital accorded her "observation status ". … [Read more...] about Keeping Hospital Patients on “Observation Status” Rather Than Admitting Them Harms SNF Patients As Well As Hospital Patients
No. 3:00CV563(AVC), filed March 24, 2000 Updated: April 19, 2001 Issue: (1) Whether a four-day stay in a hospital can be considered "outpatient observation" status and thus preclude meeting the 3-day qualifying condition for post-hospital skilled … [Read more...] about Lormore v. Shalala – Center Successfully Settles "Observation" Case