Groundbreaking Decision Made on Observation Status Appeals

Q. My mother, Ellen, spent a week in the hospital and ended up having surgery. She was seen by doctors and nurses, given several tests, had the surgery, and then got sent to a nursing home for two weeks of rehabilitation. She is … [Read more...]

Hospitals Must Tell Medicare Patients If Care Is ‘Observation’ Only

Q. My father was in the hospital last month due to a fall in the stairwell at my parent’s split-level home. My mother wasn't able to lift him herself, so the ambulance came to assist her. They thought he seemed weak and out of … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What is the NOTICE Act?

Dear Baxter, I read that the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act passed the US Senate earlier this week. Can you explain what observation care means, and what this new law would … [Read more...]