President Obama Signs NOTICE Act Into Law
Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 9:41 AM
President Obama has recently signed the Notice of Observation, Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act) into law, a bill changing notification of outpatient observation status for hospital patients.
The NOTICE Act will require hospitals to tell Medicare beneficiaries of their outpatient status within 36 hours, or sooner, upon discharge. Time spent in observation status can affect patients' eligibility for Medicare post-acute care coverage.
American Health Care Association officials call the bill "an important step forward" for the millions of individuals who will now know what their hospital status is when leaving a hospital and preparing for short stay in a skilled nursing center, which will save them money in out-of-pocket costs. Hospitals have until August 2016 to comply with the new law.
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