January 8, 2015 – Observation Status

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When the Virginia General Assembly convenes next week, it will consider a bill that will require hospitals to notify an individual when they are on “observation status” only and have not been formally admitted to a hospital.  The hospital practice of “observation” wreaks havoc with individual’s insurance coverage and often results in high personal expenses for the patient.  HB 1509 and SB 750 requires hospitals to give an individual notice that they have not been actually admitted, within 24 hours of their arrival.   The hospital is required to advise the patient of the potential financial risks of being on “observation” status.

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