If you’re a Medicare enrollee who has been hit by an unexpected medical bill, you might be familiar with the term “observation status.”
Hospitals increasingly are placing seniors under “observation” instead of admitting them as inpatients, and a Senate panel led by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins wants them to hit the brakes.
Many seniors are surprised to learn they were never admitted, even after staying overnight at a hospital and receiving treatment, testing and medications. Most learn about it when a bill arrives in the mail for out-of-pocket costs they never anticipated.
Why are hospitals doing this, why is it costing seniors money and how is Maine responding?
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