Thursday, January 8, 2015

Are you an in-patient or out-patient?

If you are in the hospital more than a few hours, always ask your doctor or the
hospital staff if you are an inpatient or an outpatient. 

Your hospital status (whether the hospital considers you an “inpatient” or “outpatient”) affects how much you pay for hospital services, including X-rays, drugs and lab tests. It may also affect whether Medicare will cover the care you get in a skilled nursing facility (SNF).

You’re an inpatient starting the day you’re formally admitted to the hospital
with a doctor’s order. The day before you’re discharged is your last inpatient
day. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, costs and coverage may be different.

My clients can always call me if they have questions at 440-255-5700 about their


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