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August 26, 2015

Use of Observation Stays Over Hospital Admissions Drives Up Costs for One in Four Medicare Patients, Penn Study Finds

Increasing Use of Observation Stays May Lead to Financial Liability for Medicare Patients

In the midst of a growing trend for Medicare patients to receive observation care in the hospital to determine if they should be formally admitted, a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows that for more than a quarter of beneficiaries with multiple observation stays, the cumulative out-of-pocket costs of these visits exceeds the deductible they would have owed for an inpatient hospital admission. Read more ...

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