Observation Stay Update

Angie Szumlinski
April 13, 2015

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

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