Knowing whether you are admitted to the hospital or are under observation might save you thousands of dollars. When you're under medication or have been in the hospital for a couple of days, you'd think you'd be admitted. There have been cases where patients were held under surveillance for more than ten days!
If you don't have a Medicare Supplement plan, the financial situation will determine how much you pay for things like X-rays, prescription drugs, and lab testing when you're in the hospital. And if you have a Medicare Supplement plan, your health status will influence what Medicare covers during your stay.
It is typical for patients to initially be in observation (aka an outpatient) prior to being admitted (aka an inpatient). As the name suggests, observation is a period of time where the doctor can provide services and determine if you should be discharged or admitted. As a Medicare recipient, you should only be in observation for 24-48 hours as recommended by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It is also required that you receive a Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) within 36 hours of being in observation for 24 hours.
Medicare will not cover while you are under observation and will continue to go to a nursing home for detox or a comparable hospital. When you are hospitalized for three or more days, though, Medicare will reimburse your stay.
To legally change your condition, a doctor must sign an order for you to be admitted, and the order must be processed by the hospital. This is a complicated medical judgment, and there is no one-size-fits-all formula to ensure admission. However, if you're looking to upgrade your classification to accepted, here are some tips.
If you're already in the hospital, here's what you can do
Tell the doctor or hospital that you'd like your condition updated so the treatment is "medically appropriate" and "inpatient hospital quality of care."
Insist on being admitted by the doctor.
If the doctor or the hospital insists on putting you on watch, demand written notes explaining why they made the decision. This will come in handy if you need to file an appeal after you've been discharged.
If you've been released from the hospital:
You may be eligible to file an appeal, but these appeals are becoming more impossible to win. However, in 2020, in a class case to require the government to include Medicare patients with the right to challenge coverage denials based on their status. Regardless, having the stay's doctor assist with the appeal would be beneficial.
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