With the increase in use of hospital observation, concerns are growing about the implications and high out-of-pocket costs faced by some Medicare beneficiaries who do not receive equal coverage for outpatient observation status
Patients typically receive coordinated care in the hospital from a team of health professionals. But what happens when patients go home? AARP has been concerned about such "care transitions" for years. In 2009, we published a paper titled " Beyond 50.09: Chronic Care: A Call to Action for Health Reform," which captured some of the difficulties people have when they leave the hospital.
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