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Medicare Observation Status: Were You Admitted or Not?

George was having more and more pain in his belly. He called his doctor, who, upon hearing about the severity of his pain, told him to go to the emergency room. Following triage, lab tests, and doctors’ exams, the hospital admitted George. Since there was no available room, he had to wait three hours before a registrar informed him that he had been “admitted under observation.” Should he or should he not agree to be admitted?

What exactly is “Observation Status” and why should Medicare recipients be wary of it?

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