Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act (2011)
This bill would amend title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to deem an individual receiving outpatient observation services in a hospital to be an inpatient with respect to satisfying the three-day inpatient hospital requirement in order to entitle the individual to Medicare coverage of any post-hospital extended care services in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). Note: On 11/3/2011, the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. and the National Senior Citizens Law Center filed a lawsuit seeking to end the use of "observational status" in hospitals.
Bill Number HR 1543
Sponsor Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT)
Date of Introduction 4/14/2011
Latest Activity 4/25/2011 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
More Info http://thomas.loc.gov/
Suit Seeks to End Hospital "Observation Status"
Topic: Care Management/ Coordination/ Transitional Care