Your Health: Observation Status and Medicare
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia legislators are considering a bill that would require hospitals to notify patients when their hospital stay is being classified as outpatient observation versus an inpatient admission — a distinction that can affect insurance coverage.
Senate Bill 750, carried by Sen. Richard H. Black, R-Loudoun, and others, would require hospitals to provide written and verbal notice to patients or their representatives. A House version of the bill did not advance.
Published: February 15, 2015