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Not Asking About This in the Hospital Can Cost You Thousands

Medicare recipients who fail to clarify their hospital status can pay a high price. Are you a Medicare enrollee? If so, ask this question the next time you visit a hospital for care: “Am I admitted, or am I here for observation?” Failing to do so could potentially cost you thousands of dollars. That’s because if the hospital deems that you are at the facility “for observation” — also referred to as you being an “outpatient” — Medicare will not pick up the tab for certain hospital services. Nor would Medicare pay for care you receive in a skilled nursing facility if you need to go to such a facility after leaving the hospital.
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