On March 14, 2013, Representatives Joe Courtney and Tom Latham introduced H.R. 1179 that would count a period of receipt of outpatient observation services in a hospital toward satisfying the 3-day inpatient hospital requirement for coverage of skilled nursing facility services under Medicare. Currently patients under observation status at a hospital do not qualify as meeting the required three days for coverage in the SNF setting. This legislation would insure patients have access to their SNF benefits when being hospitalized. To read the full text of the bill, click HERE.
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