Hospitals Required to Notify Medicare Beneficiaries of Observation Status

(By – Jane McCahill, www.jdsupra.com)

The NOTICE Act (Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility) has been signed into law as of August 6, 2015. The Act requires hospitals to provide oral and written notice to patients within 36 hours of being placed in observation care (or, upon discharge, if sooner). The notice must explain to patients, in plain language, that they have not been admitted as an inpatient, the reasons, and the financial implications. The implications include: Read more…

 

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