Bill ensures Medicare beneficiaries are informed of their hospital status
Washington, D.C. —The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) commends Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) for introducing the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act (S.1349). The NOTICE Act will require hospitals to notify Medicare beneficiaries of their outpatient status within 36 hours after the time of their classification or, if sooner, upon discharge. Outpatient status affects a patient’s ability to receive Medicare coverage for post-acute care in a skilled nursing center.
“Knowing is half the battle. The NOTICE Act moves this issue in an important direction. Millions of individuals that leave a hospital, preparing for a short stay in a skilled nursing center will benefit from this legislation. Patients will now have the right to know what their hospital status is before getting the news that they owe thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs,” said Senior Vice President of Government Relations Clifton J. Porter II.
“Our nation’s seniors—including someone we know now or at some point— will have the information they need to make informed decisions about the care they need and deserve. I applaud Senators Ben Cardin and Michael Enzi for their support.”
On March 17, the House unanimously passed the NOTICE Act (H.R.876), which was sponsored by Congressmen Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35) and Todd Young (R-IN-9).
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org or www.ncal.org.