Thank you for Stacey Singer’s thoroughly researched “Hospitals dodge admitting seniors,” about how “observation status” affects elders who find Medicare won’t pay for subsequent skilled nursing care if the patient technically was not admitted to the hospital for three days.
This is a nationwide problem. The patient you described — a frail, confused, 96-year-old in pain but refused hospital admission — is a classic example of a flawed system. I have a similar patient in the hospital now.
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