I draw the attention of The Pilot and all current and soon-to-be Medicare recipients to the most recent of the AARP Bulletin, October 2012.
It has a very eye-opening article regarding admission status when “admitted” to a hospital and identifies how patients are kept, in some cases more than 10 days in an “observation” status.
This status, according to the article, significantly impacts any payments by Medicare or supplemental insurance for any follow-up care, such as rehab stays. Many patients are receiving surprise bills after hospital stays in which they assumed they were inpatients. I urge everyone covered by Medicare, or caring for someone covered, or those soon to be covered, to read this article.
Since we have such a large retired population, I feel it is incumbent on The Pilot to further investigate and report on this issue and the current lawsuit that has been filed over this issue.
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