FAQ: Hospital Observation Care Can Be Poorly Understood And Costly For Medicare Beneficiaries

Reporting for Kaiser Health News, Susan Jaffe writes: "Some seniors think Medicare made a mistake. Others are just stunned when they find out that being in a hospital for days doesn't always mean they were actually admitted. Instead, they received observation care, considered by Medicare to be an outpatient service. Yet, a recent government investigation found that observation patients often have the same health problems as those who are admitted. But the observation designation means they can have higher out-of-pocket expenses and fewer Medicare benefits" (Jaffe, 9/4). Read the story.

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