In a sweeping victory for seniors, a U.S. Court gives Medicare patients a new right to challenge denials of coverage

Another of the class action plaintiffs, Andrew Roney, was hospitalized for three nights. He was admitted as an inpatient, but prior to discharge his status was changed to observation. Roney said he received a notice that read, “Your stay is being classified for billing purposes as ‘Observation’ stay, rather than as inpatient admission. … Assigning a classification for billing purposes is required by your insurance. Please note, however, that the quality of care is exactly the same regardless of whether your stay is billed as observation or inpatient.”

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