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‘Observation stays’ for Medicare patients create coverage problems
North County Times

Loretta Jackson spent five days in a Santa Rosa hospital in April 2009 for severe back and leg pain, and as a Medicare beneficiary, she expected the federal program for the elderly would cover her medical treatment.

At the hospital, she was given an MRI, intravenous narcotics and physical therapy. She was released five days later, and her doctor recommended that she check into a skilled nursing facility to recuperate.