Under observation is when we’re talking about hospital confinements when you’re on Medicare. When you go to the hospital, you need to know whether or not you are an inpatient, or if you are under observation. This has been going on for a few years, people have to find out about this the hard way. Thanks to new laws, as of March the first, the government now is requiring hospitals to provide you with a letter. When you go into the hospital they let you know whether or not you’re actually an inpatient or an outpatient. We actually talked to people that have been admitted to a hospital. They’re there thinking they’re in the hospital but they’re actually not an in-patient. They find that maybe a few days later that they haven’t been classified as an inpatient, they’re outpatients. So unless you are an inpatient, Medicare will not pay the bill, and neither will your Medicare Supplement. So you will have to pay for that.
It’s important to know that this all has to do with rules that are being tightened. the Medicare rules regarding stays in the hospital so it’s important for you to know about this. The main thing you should know is that if you’re in the hospital, the government is now requiring the hospital let you know that you’re under observation. So that’s a good thing to know, it just happened March the first. So now you know, and you won’t have to wonder anymore.
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