Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill To Ensure Observation Stays Count Toward SNF Coverage

March 10, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - A bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced a bill on Wednesday that would requires days spent by hospital patients in observation status count toward the three-day inpatient requirement for skilled nursing coverage.

The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2017 follows a similar bill introduced in 2015. The newest iteration of the bill was introduced by Reps. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA), along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

“This commonsense change will ensure that seniors no longer face thousands of dollars in bills for skilled care because of this arbitrary federal policy,” Courtney said in a statement. “It is very simple: three days in the hospital is three days in the hospital. Anyone who ........ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE