Newly Proposed Bills Would Affect Medicare Coverage For LTC Facilities

Under a newly proposed bill, Medicare beneficiaries would be eligible for coverage of LTC, ending the existing three day inpatient requirement. Currently, Medicare reimburses LTC facilities only after a patient has spent a minimum of three days as a hospital inpatient.  It is believed that LTC facilities provide many of the same services that have traditionally been available only in hospitals.  The proposed bill requires that a qualified healthcare professional approve the need for skilled care based on a set of pre-authorized requirements. Another bill, the HEAR Act, providing coverage for hearing aids and hearing rehabilitation services for Medicare beneficiaries, was also introduced.

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