A Rhinebeck Resident felt this was important to post… We Agree – Hospitalized but ‘under observation’? Seniors, beware

(Reuters) – A growing number of seniors who think they’ve been hospitalized are finding that they really weren’t.

The problem isn’t memory loss, confusion or dementia. Instead, seniors on Medicare who did in fact spend multiple nights in the hospital are learning later on that they weren’t formally admitted. Instead, they had “observation status” – a Medicare classification that can cost seniors thousands of extra dollars if they need post-hospital nursing care.

Read On:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/23/us-column-miller-medicare-idUSBREA0M1I520140123