Elder Law : Observation status revisited

(By – Julian Gray and Frank Petrich, www.post-gazette.com)

We’ve twice written in the past about the classification of certain hospital visits as “observation status.” Since our last discussion, a few things have happened in regard to this classification. As a refresher, let’s review “observation status” terminology. When a Medicare patient enters a hospital, usually through the Emergency Department, physicians often have to decide whether or not to admit them as inpatients or to “observe” them. Read more…


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