New Medicare Law to Notify Patients of Loophole in Nursing Home Coverage – The New York Times

rivercity - badgePeople sometimes assume that every overnight stay in a hospital is an “admission”.  What many do not know is that hospitals sometimes place patients in a room without actually admitting them into the hospital.  Such stays are called “observation” stays, and the use of an observation stay instead of an admission can result in tremendous costs to the patient if they are then sent to a nursing home.  Congress has passed a law to prevent such unpleasant surprises, and you can read Robert Pear’s excellent article about the law here:  New Medicare Law to Notify Patients of Loophole in Nursing Home Coverage – The New York Times