Sebelius Dodges Suit Over Classification Of Medicare Patients
By Sindhu Sundar
Law360, New York (September 24, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT) -- A Connecticut federal judge Monday tossed a proposed class action against health secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the controversial “observation” status some Medicare patients claimed resulted in them having to pay tens of thousands more for certain post-hospitalization care than they would have if they had been classified as inpatients.
U.S. District Judge Michael Shea upheld the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary’s decision to leave it up to hospitals to determine how to admit a patient. The patients who brought the current suit were classified as...