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Ways for Medicare patients to fight a hospital discharge

Medicare patients are entitled to 90 days of hospitalization per illness and after that time, the hospital may try to discharge them even if they are not ready. If you are a Medicare patient, knowing your rights can help you extend your stay by crucial days. Appealing for extra days of Medicare coverage can buy you a longer hospital stay even if you don’t win. Hospitals are now required to give patients written notice about the discharge policy immediately after admission and two days before discharge. If you receive a discharge notice but believe you need more time in the hospital, contact your local Medicare Quality Improvement Organization immediately. This organization is made up of doctors and other professionals that monitor the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries. The organization will review your discharge notice and determine if an extended stay is necessary. You cannot be charged during this process. If you disagree with that decision, there are other options to appeal.

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