HHS Inspector General Scrutinizes Medicare Observation Care Policy

Reporting for Kaiser Health News, Susan Jaffe writes: "Medicare patients' chances of being admitted to the hospital or kept for observation depend on what hospital they go to -- even when their symptoms are the same, notes a federal watchdog agency in a report to be released today, which also urges Medicare officials to count those observation visits toward the three-inpatient-day minimum required for nursing home coverage" (Jaffe, 7/30). Read the story.

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