A new study suggests that federal government pressure has led to an increasing number of Medicare patients being held for observation instead of being admitted to hospitals, according to HealthDay.
The problem? Money…and less access to necessary care.
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According to the researchers from Brown University in Providence, RI, while admitting seniors as inpatients may reduce Medicate costs, patients held for observation are classified as outpatients and, under Medicare rules, may face higher co-payments for in-hospital services and won’t be covered for subsequent care in skilled nursing facilities.