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By law, hospitals now must tell Medicare patients when care is ‘observation’ only

Published Thursday March 9


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Susan Jaffe, Kaiser World News 4:07 in the afternoon ET Thu Mar 9

Under a whole new federal law hospitals across the country must now alert Medicare patients when they are getting observation care and why they were not confessed — even if they stay in the hospital a few nights. For years, seniors often found out only when they got surprise bills for the services Medicare doesn’t cover for observation patients, including some drugs and expensive nursing home care.

The notice may cushion the shock but probably not choose the issue.

Article length: About 770 words.
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