During a visit to Capitol Hill yesterday, nonprofit long-term care providers stayed focused on bills related to observation stays. Providers were encouraged to “drum up support and co-sponsors” for two bills, HR 1179 and SB 569, which would count the entire time a Medicare beneficiary spends in the hospital toward meeting the 3-day inpatient requirement for skilled nursing care. As of now, many seniors are placed in observation status, which does not count toward the inpatient requirement. Some have argued that the newly enacted two-midnight rule will fix the problem, but LTC advocates disagree, stating that it does not help those seniors who are in the hospital for less than two midnights, and are subsequently deemed ineligible for skilled nursing care.
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