Friday, May 23, 2014

Aging Parents: "In Patient" vs "Under Observation" --- How Being in a Hospital Bed can Fool You

Does being in a hospital bed
qualify Medicare-eligible seniors as In-Patient?
For some time now, we've been hearing about Medicare-eligible seniors who've been given "Under Observation" status when admitted to hospitals--for what any intelligent person would assume should be "In-Patient" status. "Under Observation" status is not "In-Patient."

If parents need to enter a skilled nursing facility or a nursing home after the required three days of hospitalization, Medicare will not pay and the family will be required to pay all of the bills, including the hospital costs, if hospital status was "Under Observation."

We might also assume that those in a bed in a hospital are automatically considered "In-Patients." Not true.

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