WHEN IS A HOSPITAL STAY NOT A HOSPITAL STAY?

A Congressional briefing on “observation status,” sponsored by Congressman Joe Courtney (D. CT), was held yesterday afternoon to examine Medicare beneficiaries’ being denied Medicare coverage for care in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) when their prior stay in an acute care hospital is labeled “outpatient observation” rather than inpatient. The Center for Medicare Advocacy organized…

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Bouncing Baby Boomers

See… I told you so…the close-in neighborhoods that are “richer” in services and amenities, the “Blue Zones” if you will, are going to bounce back first. If you are a “suburbanite” (Think: “Chateau Bellvue”) with the thought of downsizing into becoming an “urbanite”  (Think: “Walk to Everything Digs”) the gap in values is only going…

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White Lies and Worse

On issues ranging from medical decisions to finances and housing, with their paternalistic caregivers families sometimes face a choice between honesty and, to their minds, warranted deception that’s in the older person’s interest. See the full New York Times story here…

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