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.

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Published: February 15, 2015

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