COVER STORY

Modern Healthcare - - EDITORIAL -

As hos­pi­tals face grow­ing pres­sure to re­clas­sify in­pa­tients to “ob­ser­va­tion” sta­tus, pa­tients are the ones be­ing hit with un­ex­pected bills to pay what Medi­care won’t. One so­lu­tion to the dilemma is a bill that would re­struc­ture the rules on when skilled-nurs­ing care is paid for. “We have very broad-based sup­port,” says U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-conn.), left, one of the House spon­sors.

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