The use and apparent abuse of observation and outpatient status are expected to have its day in court – again.
That’s because a federal judge has denied the government’s bid to put a stop to a landmark class-action lawsuit centering on patient status, paving the way for a trial expected to begin later this year. As reported by RACmonitor, in the court case Alexander v. Azar, the plaintiffs allege they were forced to pay up to $30,000 apiece for skilled nursing facility (SNF) care after being designated outpatients in observation status rather than inpatients, according to a press release on the matter by the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA).
Reporting on this important story during this edition of Monitor Mondays will be Judith A. Stein, the founder of CMA. She has extensive experience with Medicare advocacy projects, representing Medicare beneficiaries, producing educational materials, teaching, and consulting. She has been lead or co-counsel in numerous federal class-action and individual cases challenging improper Medicare policies and denials.
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