If you have Medicare, did you know that even, if you stay in the hospital overnight, you might still be considered an “outpatient”?
Your hospital status (whether the hospital considers you an “inpatient” or “outpatient”) affects how much you pay, qualification for rehabilitation, and more.
Resource Information –
Next Step in Care, a campaign of United Hospital Fund, provides hospital admission and Emergency Room guides to provide basic information about “observation status” and what to ask. This information is important as it is a rising trend to be in an “observation” rather than “in-patient” in the hospital.
Click here to open the hospital admission guide.
Click here to open the Emergency Room guide.
Click here to read it as a standalone piece.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
For their publication on hospital status (observation or in-patient), click here.