Courtney Expects W&M Hearing On Bipartisan Observation Status Bill

By Michelle M. Stein / May 10, 2019 at 4:52 PM
Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) expressed optimism Thursday (May 9) that the Democrats’ takeover of the House could improve the chances for a bill he has introduced across multiple sessions that would count beneficiaries’ time spent under observation toward the three-day hospital stay required before Medicare covers nursing home care. Under current law, for Medicare to pay for nursing home care a beneficiary must first have a three-day inpatient stay, which does not include any time spent in the hospital as...

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