Patient Notification of Observation Status is Now Law

(By – Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media)

Under new federal law, Medicare patients who have been in the hospital for more than 24 hours will be required to be notified of their status within 36 hours of when they start receiving medical services as an outpatient. President Obama last week signed the NOTICE Act, which requires hospitals to inform Medicare patients who are in the hospital under outpatient observation status that they haven’t actually been “admitted” to the hospital and what that means in terms of cost-sharing requirements and subsequent coverage eligibility. Read more…


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