Sen. Pushes Change To Medicare Rehab Payment Clause

Law360, New York (February 21, 2013, 4:21 PM EST) -- A Democratic senator on Wednesday pushed a proposal that would allow time seniors spend under observation to count towards a minimum hospitalization requirement for Medicare-paid rehabilitation, saying the current rule had unfairly left patients thousands of dollars out of pocket.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., touted the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2013, which would amend the Social Security Act to allow time spent by Medicare recipients in an observation hospital stay — currently not considered an inpatient visit — to count toward a mandatory...
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