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Articles from the October 6, 2016 edition


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  • Patients to be Protected From Observation Status, under Bill Signed by Gov. Brown

    Christine Emerson|Oct 6, 2016

    ​A bill to protect hospital patients from the pitfalls of "observation" status was signed Tuesday by California Governor Jerry Brown. ​The bill, SB 1076, will require hospitals to provide equivalent care to observation status patients as to inpatients, inform them of their status, and report to the government the observation services they have provided. ​Observation status means a patient has not been officially admitted into the hospital. ​Currently, hospitals have been able to avoid...

  • Rules for Seniors Under "Observation Status," Violate Medicare Beneficiaries' Constitutional Rights

    Sherry Smith LCSW|Oct 6, 2016

    Christine Emerson's story in the Santa Monica Observer, "Patients to be Protected from Observation Status, under Bill Signed by Gov. Brown," misquoted several facts written by journalist Susan Jaffe in her article in California Healthline, http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/10/02/health/rules-for-seniors-under-observation-status-violate-medicare-beneficiaries-constitutional-rights/2051.html "Protecting California's Seniors From Surprise Hospital, Nursing Home Bills." These facts concerned...