Center for Medicare Advocacy Works to Improve Medicare Observation Status Policy

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With funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) is working as part of a coalition of organizations to improve Observation Status policy through advocacy and education. 

Observation Status is a designation used by hospitals to bill Medicare, resulting in patients being classified as outpatients rather than inpatients, which can make them ineligible for Medicare coverage of post-acute care and result in other out-of-pocket costs. 

Learn more on CMA's website about Observation Status and the Observation Stays Coalition, a group of close to 30 national organizations representing a variety of health care professionals and advocates focused on addressing the issue of Medicare beneficiaries being denied access to skilled nursing facility care due to observation stays.  The Coalition (which Foundation grantee the Center for Medicare Advocacy is part of) submitted comments on the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) regulations developed under new legislation, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act). 

CMA is also collecting stories from patients around the country who have been affected by Observation Status.  Stories can be submitted here.

You can also learn more about hospital observation status in this Kaiser Health News article.

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