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Kit
- 468 days ago - capwiz.com
Increasing numbers of Medicare beneficiaries are finding out that Medicare will not cover their post-acute skilled nursing facility stays because they were kept in the hospital for observation rather than being admitted as inpatients.



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Kit B. (276)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 8:50 am
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Medicare "Observation Days"
Support H.R. 1179 to Correct the Problem (AND SB 569)


Increasing numbers of Medicare beneficiaries are finding out that Medicare will not cover their post-acute skilled nursing facility stays because they were kept in the hospital for observation rather than being admitted as inpatients. This is happening even if a beneficiary was in the hospital for more than three days. Beneficiaries in this situation may not even know they will have to pay for their post-acute care until receiving a bill for thousands of dollars after care has been provided.

We are urging Congress to pass legislation specifying that a Medicare beneficiary hospitalized under observation for more than 24 hours would be deemed to have been an inpatient and would be considered to have been discharged upon leaving the hospital. Under these circumstances, the beneficiary would be eligible for Medicare Part A coverage of post-acute care.

This legislation has been introduced in the House as H.R. 1179 and in the Senate as S. 569. Please ask your legislators to sign onto these bills as cosponsors and work for passage of the legislation by the House and Senate.

Additional Information:

On March 14, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act (S. 569), a bill that would specify that hospital stays under observation would count toward the 3-day hospitalization requirement for Medicare coverage of post-acute care. Patients that receive hospital care on "observation status" do not qualify for this benefit, even if their hospital stay lasts longer than 3 days.

The observation days problem affects residents and clients of all LeadingAge members, including residents of senior housing or home-based services clients who are hospitalized and released to nursing homes. They are all at risk of substantial out-of-pocket costs for post-acute care without this corrective legislation.


Please help us persuade Congress to solve this problem that affects so many Medicare beneficiaries and skilled nursing facilities. Contact your legislators and urge them to cosponsor the corrective legislation.

The legislation would:
•Amend Medicare law to count a beneficiary’s time spent in the hospital on “observation status” towards the 3-day hospital stay requirement for skilled nursing care.
•Establish a 90-day appeal period following passage for those that have a qualifying hospital stay and have been denied skilled nursing care after January 1, 2013.

“When seniors are transferred from a hospital to a nursing home for further care they should be able to focus on their recovery instead of technicalities that could lead to sky high medical bills,” Sen. Brown said in a press relase. “This bill would help ensure that seniors receive the care they need without incurring unexpected and unfair costs.”

The bipartisan bill, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 1179 by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA), is endorsed by the following groups:
•AARP
•American Medical Association (AMA).
•American Health Care Association (AHCA).
•The Center for Medicare Advocacy.
•American Case Managers Association.
•American Medical Directors Association (AMDA).
•American Nurses Association (ANA).
•LeadingAge.
•National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.
•National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
•Society of Hospital Medicine.

****Please sign and share this petition - Let the Congress know where you stand - thank you.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 8:51 am

Should you have any difficulty with this petition it is at this URL:

http://capwiz.com/leadingage/issues/alert/?alertid=62513806&PROCESS=Take+Action
 

Esther Z. (96)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 9:22 am
Noted and signed. Thanks, Kit.
 

Sue H. (7)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 9:25 am
Noted and signed, thanks.
 

Ben Oscarsito (355)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 9:39 am
Done!
 

Lisa Neste (711)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 10:47 am
Confirmation
Your e-mail message was sent to:
Senator Richard M. Burr (R-NC)
Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Representative Howard Coble (R-NC 6th)
Thanks Kit.
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 11:01 am
signed. Typical observation plan is 24 hours unless something is observed required the higher level of care on a regular hospital floor. In the past the ER would have sent these patients home telling them to call their doctor or return if certain symptoms occurred.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 11:26 am
Gladly signed and noted. Thank you for the info.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 12:00 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)
 

Dave C. (227)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 12:50 pm
done....sometimes even we doctors are clueless to this happening for various reasons....
 

Pat B. (354)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 1:47 pm
Thank you, Kit for this. I signed.!!
 

Carrie B. (317)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 2:25 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks Kit.
 

Nicole W. (644)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 3:13 pm

Confirmation
Your e-mail message was sent to:
Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD)
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD)
Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD 3rd) ~ ty dear Kit
 

Vicky P. (466)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 3:20 pm
noted, signed
 

Mary T. (321)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 3:25 pm
Your e-mail message was sent to:
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Representative George Miller (D-CA 11th)

Thank you Kit
 

Virgene L. (17)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 3:25 pm
It seems to me that if you are in the hospital, for care or observation--then you are in the hospital! What kind of double speak is this? Thank you for the information and this petition.
 

Katie D. (112)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 3:28 pm
Signed * Thank You
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 4:39 pm
Signed, shared & noted. Many thanks, Kit!
 

Bonnie Brackeen (8)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 4:59 pm
Signed
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 5:11 pm
Thanks
 

Joe R. (190)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 5:14 pm
Your e-mail message was sent to:
Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Representative Erik Paulsen (R-MN 3rd)

Thanks Kit!
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 5:30 pm
Noted. signed and shared.
 

Laurie H. (730)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 5:33 pm
Action taken and shared as well. Thank you Kit so much, for bringing this to our attention & petition!!!~
 

pam w. (191)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 5:51 pm
Done! Thanks, Kit!
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 6:22 pm
For many years, and probably still, a hospital stay needed to be at least three days for Medicare to cover skilled or intermediate care nursing facility charges upon hospital discharge.
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 8:23 pm
Signed and Noted
 

Beth FS (149)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 11:03 pm
Done. Confirmation
Your e-mail message was sent to:
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA 33rd)
 

LMj Sunshine (143)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 11:59 pm
TY!!!
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Monday September 9, 2013, 6:00 am
Noted, signed, twittered, fb and google shared. Thanks Kit. This bill must be passed.
 

Beverly M. (91)
Monday September 9, 2013, 8:05 am
Noted and signed ~ thank you Kit!
 

. (0)
Monday September 9, 2013, 8:38 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, Kit.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday September 9, 2013, 12:56 pm
Signed & posted; can;t sign - US only.
 

Val R. (254)
Monday September 9, 2013, 7:16 pm
Done - thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 6:26 am
Your e-mail message was sent to:
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Senator Christopher S. Murphy (D-CT)
Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT 2nd)
Nice to see all D's in my state now! Thanks Kit.
 
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