May 2013

10 Facts related to Veterans Benefits

Veterans Benefits are a topic of interest every day.  There are mountains of information related to this topic available in print and online.  A blog site can only begin to scratch the surface of this information.  10 Facts related to Veterans Benefits will perhaps entice the causal reader to search further and learn more about these benefits and how to use them to improve the lives of these honored Americans.

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Hospital "Observation Status" Would Be Capped Under Medicare Rule Change

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would limit hospital practice of "observation status" for Medicare patients.

Currently, a Medicare patient who goes to the hospital complaining of illness or injury might remain at the facility for several days before the hospital might actually admit the individual as an inpatient entitled to coverage under Medicare Part A.

If the patient is then discharged to a skilled nursing facility without the requisite three-day inpatient hospital stay, Medicare will not pay for the skilled nursing facility -- and that could result in devastating financial consequences to the patient.

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