1. Every general hospital shall provide patients who are placed into observation services
by such general hospital with an oral and written notice within twenty-four hours
of such placement that the patient is not admitted to the hospital and is under observation
status. Such written notice shall be signed by the patient or the patient's legal representative
to acknowledge receipt and shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
(a) a statement that observation status may affect the patient's Medicare, Medicaid
and/or private insurance coverage for the current hospital services, including medications
and other pharmaceutical supplies, as well as coverage for any subsequent discharge
to a skilled nursing facility or home and community based care; and
(b) that the patient should contact his or her insurance plan to better understand
the implications of being placed in observation status.
2. The commissioner shall develop and make available guidance on the notice as described
in this section.
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