FAQ: Hospital Observation Care Can Be Poorly Understood And Costly For Medicare Beneficiaries

Kaiser health news: SEP 04, 2013

Some seniors think Medicare made a mistake.  Others are just 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. Yet, a recent government investigation found that observation patients often have the same health problems as those who are admitted.  But the observation designation means they can have higher out-of-pocket expenses and fewer Medicare benefits. Read More