When is a Hospital Stay Not a Hospital Stay?
Many of you may know the answer to this question from experience, but for those of you who do not: 'observation status' is different from an 'inpatient' hospital stay. These different categories of care feel the same to the patient who is in a hospital room being treated by hospital staff, receiving tests and drugs, and staying overnight – perhaps several nights. But, when it comes to billing and after-care, the distinction is important if you are on Medicare for several reasons:
When You are Not the Client
If you have finally convinced your parents to come with you to meet an attorney and get their ‘affairs in order’, congratulations! In most cases, an attorney can help anyone establish a plan to prepare for common expenses like long-term health care and to transfer their assets quickly and cheaply when they die. It’s what you want for your parents.