Observation Days

Proof election year is no time to take anything for granted

Proof election year is no time to take anything for granted

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It seems you can't count on anything for certain in an election year — just ask any Trump skeptic - and that could mean special things for long-term care.

'Observation status' provision under further review

'Observation status' provision under further review

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The American Health Care Association on Thursday applauded a House measure that would inform Medicare beneficiaries of their observation status as hospital inpatient or outpatients. But that might be little consolation for skilled nursing facilities that face the prospect of not getting reimbursed after such observation periods.

Judge dismisses observation stay lawsuit

Judge dismisses observation stay lawsuit

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A Connecticut federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of 14 Medicare beneficiaries denied skilled nursing care coverage after a hospital stay.

Ask the payment expert ... about the observation stay loophole

Ask the payment expert ... about the observation stay loophole

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We've had problems with residents being caught in the hospital "observation stay loophole." What can we do to ensure they qualify for coverage at our facility?