FAQ: Hospital Observation Care Can Be Costly For Medicare Patients

Writing for Kaiser Health News, Susan Jaffe reports: “Some seniors think Medicare made a mistake. Others are 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. The observation designation means they can have higher out-of-pocket expenses and fewer Medicare benefits. Yet, a government investigation found that observation patients often have the same health problems as those who are admitted” (Jaffe, updated 6/18). Check out this updated FAQ.

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