July 2012

"Observation Status" at the Hospital: What Does That Mean?

The use of "observation status" by hospitals has been rising. What does that mean, and why is it important for people on Medicare?

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OIG Knocks CMS for Failing to Monitor Antipsychotic Drug Use in Nursing Homes

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has criticized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for its laxity in monitoring nursing home compliance with resident assessments and care plans for residents given antipsychotic drugs.

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