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The Medicare quirk that can cost you thousands Medicare patients have the reason to worry about their hospital bill if they are not formally admitted into the hospital for three consecutive days and they are put under observation status, according to this article on Money. This is because their expenses will not be covered by the program. The number of Medicare beneficiaries placed under observation status is increasing, prompting a new law requiring hospitals to inform the patients that they have to stay in the hospital for more than 24 hours without being formally admitted. However, advocates say the new law is not enough. “It does half of what we would like to see. The notice should also allow patients to appeal their status,” says an attorney.

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