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I've read stories about hospitals abusing that 'observation" to avoid the penalties for early readmission and to be able to charge patients more than they get from Medicare! True?
In Response to Medicare To Delay Enforcement of New Hospital Observation Rule:
"Medicare officials announced Thursday that they will delay enforcement of controversial new rules that define when hospital patients should receive observation care, rather than being admitted, a distinction that makes beneficiaries ineligible for follow-up nursing home coverage."
Posted by GailL1