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Law now requires hospitals to tell Medicare patients they are getting 'observation' care

Published Monday March 13


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Bruce Rubin of Lansdale and his 73-year-old wife Gail. Gail spent 3 days in the hospital after taking a bad fall.

Under a brand 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.

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