The NOTICE ACT
On August 6, 2016, The Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act, went into effect.
(Sec. 2) This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to require a hospital or critical access hospital with an agreement with the Secretary of Health and Human Services(Medicre) to give each individual who receives observation services as an outpatient for more than 24 hours an adequate oral and written notification within 36 hours after beginning to receive (Observation Services) which:
Here is the link to the Federal Register, which explains in more detail Procedures Applicable to Beneficiaries Receiving Observation Services:
Medicare Advantage Plans
“A beneficiary enrolled in a Medicare Advantage or other Medicare health plan would receive the required notice under the existing rules that apply to hospitals and CAHs under a provider agreement governed by the provisions of section 1866(a)(1)(Y) of the Act.”
If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you are covered under the provisions of your plan. READ your plan’s Evidence of Coverage (EOC) to determine what your out-of-pocket expenses will be in this situation.
I am urging each of you to be Pro Active with your own Health Care!
If you or a loved one goes to the Emergency Room or a Critical Access Hospital, be prepared to speak up!
Speak to the Physician in the ER who is treating you. Ask the physician specifically…..”Am I being ADMITTED to the hospital as an INPATIENT?”
If the answer is “Yes,” you will be covered under Medicare Part A benefits.
If the answer is…. “No…..you are UNDER OBSERVATION. OR……”No……you are receiving OUTPATIENT SERVICES.” You WILL more than likely be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance or maybe ALL charges!
Call your Primary Physician or Specialist. Tell the office or Answering Service that you or your Family member is in so and so Emergency Room, so and so hospital and you want your Doctor to either:
You Should NOT have to be in an Emergency Room for up to 23 and a quarter hours UNDER OBSERVATION!
Your Primary Doctor is the “Quarterback of your health team!”
Your Primary Doctor is in charge of your health care! That is what they get paid to do all that extra paperwork for! Put them to work for you!
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