Medicare Observation Status

Medicare Observation Status | Ronald A. Fatoullah

By Ronald A. Fatoullah, Esq. and Stacey Meshnick, Esq.

{4:17 minutes to read} On February 8, 2017, a U.S. district court in Alexander v. Cochran held that the plaintiffs, a class of Medicare beneficiaries, were able to continue their class-action suit challenging their placement as “observation status,” rather than being admitted as “inpatients” to the hospital. The class action suit concerns the rights of these Medicare beneficiaries who were admitted in observation status and therefore did not qualify for coverage of post-hospital skilled nursing care.

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