If you are a Medicare beneficiary and have visited a hospital in the last 2 years, then you maybe familiar with the words hospital status.  Otherwise, take a moment to get informed on how your hospital stays can affect your costs.  Your insurance benefits are directly related to your status.

Effective no later than March 8th, 2017, all hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAH) are required to provide a MOON.

What is a MOON?

A standardized notice to inform Medicare beneficiaries that they are outpatients receiving observation services and are not inpatients of a hospital or critical access hospital (CAH).

Why does that notice matter? 

Per Medicare.gov, your status affects how much you pay for hospital services (i.e. X-rays, medications and lab tests).  In addition, your status may also affect whether Medicare will cover care you get in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) following your hospital stay.

What can I do to be informed of my status?

Ask clinical staff.  I recommend to families that they confirm status each time they have a nursing change or every 12 hours, whichever is shorter.

How does it affect my benefits? 

Contact us today to talk with a licensed agent regarding the affect your status can have on your costs.