Beginning July 2, hospitals will be required to provide patients with more timely information about the Medicare discharge appeals process.
Hospitals will expand steps currently taken to ensure patients receive a document called the "Important Message from Medicare" closer to their discharge. This outlines the rights provided to patients under Medicare.
In the past, hospitals provided notice of this process on admission through the Important Message from Medicare. Under the new rules, hospitals must also provide the patient with a copy of the Important Message close to discharge and help Medicare beneficiaries understand their rights.
“Regardless of the appeal outcome, Medicare beneficiaries are protected from liability for costs of continued hospitalization during the appeals process,” Royer said.
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