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Stakeholders: Medicare Should Cover Care Received in ‘Observation’
California Healthline

Patients and health care providers are calling attention to what they perceive as a hole in Medicare coverage that affects what patients pay out-of-pocket for skilled nursing care. What a patient will pay for skilled nursing care is decided at a hospital, before the Medicare beneficiary arrives at the nursing facility. Medicare beneficiary Loretta Jackson sought care at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital on April 18, 2009, when she had trouble walking. The diagnosis? Trouble with her sciatic nerve, said her husband Carl Jackson.