New Medicare “Observation Status” Toolkit Available
Via the Center for Medicare Advocacy:
With generous support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Center for Medicare Advocacy has compiled a Toolkit for patients who find themselves stuck in the ongoing trap of “outpatient” Observation Status. Patients may find themselves in the hospital, receiving medical services, tests, and treatment, sometimes for many days, but learn they are considered outpatients, in Observation Status, not admitted inpatients. This is understandably confusing for patients and families – and difficult for hospitals, hospital physicians and personnel.
The information in our Toolkit can help beneficiaries, families, advocates and providers understand and respond to an “outpatient” Observation Status designation. The Toolkit contains our Observation Status Infographic; Frequently Asked Questions; A Fact Sheet, Summary & Stories from our partners in the Observation Coalition; A Sample Notice (the MOON); our Recorded Webinar (slides in the printable .pdf); Beneficiary/Advocate Q&A; and our Self-Help Packet.