Many seniors are surprised to learn they were not “admitted” patients but were kept for observation care. Seniors must have three consecutive days as admitted patients to qualify for Medicare coverage for follow-up nursing home care, and observation doesn’t count.
Many seniors are surprised to learn they were not “admitted” patients but were kept for observation care. Seniors must have three consecutive days as admitted patients to qualify for Medicare coverage for follow-up nursing home care, and observation doesn’t count. AFP/GETTY Images
Many seniors are surprised to learn they were not “admitted” patients but were kept for observation care. Seniors must have three consecutive days as admitted patients to qualify for Medicare coverage for follow-up nursing home care, and observation doesn’t count. AFP/GETTY Images

Not all hospital stays are the same for seniors

September 15, 2014 01:16 PM