Long-Term Care

NOTICE Act is signed by President Obama

MDS 3.0 Insider, August 14, 2015

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A bill changing notification of outpatient observation status for hospital patients has been signed into law by President Obama. On July 28, 2015, the Senate unanimously passed the NOTICE Act, which then got passed on to the President. This legislation was introduced by Congressmen Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35) and Todd Young (R-IN-9) in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year. The NOTICE Act will require hospitals to notify Medicare beneficiaries of their outpatient status within 36 hours. Outpatient status affects a patient’s ability to receive Medicare coverage for post-acute care in a skilled nursing center.

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