Those patients were under "observation" as doctors tried to determine whether their conditions warranted admission. Under
And if a patient moves from observation to a nursing home,
A new law requires hospitals to notify patients when they are classified as being under observation rather than as admitted, which certainly is better than finding out when the bill arrives.
Regarding long-term care, they should eliminate the distinction as to whether the patient was transferred following hospital admission or observation. The issue is whether the patient needs the care, not how that was determined.
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