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Hospitals play with Medicare patients’ status
Modern Healthcare

A growing number of senior citizens are ensnared in a Medicare crackdown on hospitals over costly inpatient admissions.

Hospitals nationwide are responding by classifying more overnight visitors as outpatients held for observation.

Caught in the middle are senior citizens, who aren’t warned about the consequences of observation and can’t appeal, patient advocates say. As outpatients, they typically shoulder a higher share of costs than they would as inpatients.