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 Residents and Families

 

​Has your loved one been impacted by observation stays?

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 AHCA/NCAL Members

 

​Have observation stays impacted your residents and patients?

Contact Us and help us close this observation stay loophole.

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Observation Stays

Skilled nursing care centers serve our most vulnerable citizens – frail elders and those with disabilities who need complex medical, rehabilitative, and restorative care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is concerned that Medicare beneficiaries’ access to skilled nursing facility (SNF) care is being constrained by the increased use of observation stays, which prevents patients from reaching the three-day stay threshold for Medicare coverage.

Learn more about observation stays​ and the impact​ on long term care.

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 The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act

 
​Representatives Joseph Courtney (D-CT) and Tom Latham (R-IA) and
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) share our concern and have introduced the
Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2013 (H.R. 1179/S. 569) to address these situations.

The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2013 (Full Text) would deem an individual receiving “outpatient’ observation services in a hospital to be an in-patient with respect to the Medicare three-day stay requirement.
 

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