Medicare patients finding hospital stays can be costly

(Reuters Health) – People on Medicare who spend one or two nights in the hospital are finding out, and often too late, that they weren’t really “admitted” to the hospital. This can be a costly discovery.

Even though they were in a bed in a hospital room, the hospital may have categorized them as being there for “observation,” rather than being formally “admitted.”

But patients being “observed” might face some unpleasant surprises when they leave the hospital.

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