A new federal law requires that hospitals give Medicare patients notice after placing them under observation, along with the reason why they were not officially admitted. In California, it comes on top of a state law that requires quicker notice for all observation patients but does not oblige hospitals to explain their decision not to admit.
Many seniors are denied coverage because therapists mistakenly believe that they must be making improvements to qualify for coverage.
According to a settlement four years ago, Medicare was supposed to make clear to therapists that their services are covered even if beneficiaries are not improving. But that is not yet widely accepted.
Federal officials release names of insurers who ranked poorly in a recent review of their online directories’ accuracy.
People in these facilities are now guaranteed more flexibility on food and roommate choices, as well as improved procedures for grievances and discharges.
Thousands of people mistakenly think that if they have insurance, they can wait to sign up for Medicare Part B. Generally, insurance other than that provided by a current employer will not exempt them from Medicare’s strict enrollment requirements.
The federal government and the Covered California exchange remind people as they become eligible for Medicare to cancel their Obamacare coverage.
Lawmakers approve a bill to help Medicare patients with “observation care” costs.
A guide to help Medicare patients receiving observation care.
Congress left it to states to determine whether private Medigap plans are sold to the more than 9 million disabled people younger than 65 who qualify for Medicare. The result: rules vary across the country.