Tag: observation stays

Congress reintroduces bill to count observation stays as three-day prerequisite for SNF coverage

Congress has reintroduced a bill that would ensure patients receiving hospital care under “observation status” could count that time as part of the three-day inpatient hospital stay required to receive skilled nursing care coverage under Medicare. The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2017 (HR 1421) mirrors a similar bill introduced in 2015. In […]

As observation stays become widely used, SNFs begin to worry

Hospital readmissions are decreasing, which may be the result of an increase of hospitals classifying return hospital visits as observation stays, rather than admissions, leaving the SNF leaders worried about the financial impact this shift will have in the long-term care community. Because observation stays do not count as an admission; rather they count as […]