Medicare Observation Status: Were You Admitted or Not?

George was having more and more pain in his belly. He called his doctor, who, upon hearing about the severity of his pain, told him to go to the emergency room. Following triage, lab tests, and doctors’ exams, the hospital admitted George. Since there was no available room, he had to wait three hours before a registrar informed him that he had been “admitted under observation.” Should he or should he not agree to be admitted?

What exactly is “Observation Status” and why should Medicare recipients be wary of it?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or, as it is often better known as "The Health Care Reform Act, or "Obamacare".

Last week marked the first year anniversary of "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."  The debate still rages over the bill.  Hailed by many and derided by others, it nonetheless has already had a significant influence over the lives of all citizens and the elderly most directly.  I thought I would take a moment to summarize briefly two of the most significant changes effecting them:

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I am working on a complicated appeal to a Medicare denial. The same series of procedures were denied on four different occasions and each time the denial was reversed. The denial language changed again and I needed help. I went to the Medicare Rights Center and found someone who could help me custom design this appeal.

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