Observation Stay Update

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Association Applauds Rep. Courtney for
Reintroducing Bill to Help Fix Observation Status Issue

Legislation ensures time spent as outpatient, satisfies Medicare

Washington, D.C. – The American Health Care Association and National
Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today commended Congressman Joe Courtney
(D-CT-2) for reintroducing the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of
2015. The legislation ensures that time spent under “observation
status” in a hospital counts toward satisfying the three-day inpatient
hospital requirement for coverage of skilled nursing care services under Medicare.

“This bipartisan measure will help fix a confusing policy that
continues to leave our nation’s seniors hanging in uncertainty regarding their
access to the Medicare coverage they deserve,” said Mark Parkinson,
President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “Congressman Courtney is an advocate for
seniors and those individuals who need skilled nursing care. We applaud his
efforts and continued support.”

Follow this link to read the full release: http://www.ahcancal.org/News/news_releases/Pages/Association-Applauds-Rep–Courtney-for-Reintroducing-Bill-to-Help-Fix-Observation-Status-Issue.aspx