Beginning on March 8, 2017 a standardized notice called MOON (Medicare outpatient observation notice) will be a new requirement that hospitals must give to anyone kept under the ‘observation status’. This is important because Medicare only pays for certain services if you have been formally admitted to a hospital as an inpatient. If you are placed ‘under observation’, technically you have an outpatient status.
In order to keep patients better informed on their status, the MOON will be given to beneficiaries if they are an outpatient receiving observation services and are not an inpatient of the hospital. The MOON is mandated by the Federal Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act), passed on August 6, 2015. The NOTICE Act requires all hospitals to provide written and oral notification under specified guidelines.
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