Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act
Bill Number: HR-876
Public Law Number: 114-42
Enacted - Signed by the President
Once the president signs a bill, it becomes a law.
An act to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require hospitals to provide certain notifications to individuals classified by such hospitals under observation status rather than admitted as inpatients of such hospitals.
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Other names for this bill
This bill typically is referred to as the NOTICE (acronym for Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility) Act.
What this bill does
This bill requires hospitals to notify Medicare patients whether they've been admitted or are considered to be outpatients under observation. Patients would need to be notified within 36 hours of entering the hospital.
The difference is important because it affects things such as coverage for treatment or whether they can be admitted to a skilled nursing facility.