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Medicare Observation Status and Improvement Standard in Skilled Nursing Facilities: What Advocates and Consumers Need to Know

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST

Speaker: Toby S. Edelman, Senior Policy Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.

After briefly reviewing requirements for Medicare coverage of a stay in a skilled nursing facility, this webinar will discuss in depth how to overcome two obstacles to coverage – observation status and the myth of medical improvement.  Observation status refers to the label of “outpatient” that hospitals assign to patients who are hospitalized, often for multiple days, depriving them of the three-day inpatient status that is necessary for Medicare coverage in a SNF.  The settlement in the Vermont lawsuit Jimmo confirms that Medicare pays for “maintenance” nursing and therapy for nursing home residents, dispelling the myth that Medicare pays for care only when a resident will “improve.”  Learn how to advocate effectively for Medicare beneficiaries, and where advocates and consumers can get help.

To purchase a recording of the webinar, please complete the form below.  The recording will be emailed to you within one business day of your purchase.

Questions? Contact Alia Murphy, Associate, Long-term Care Ombudsman Program and Policy.

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