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Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice Form Finalized

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted the final Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) form, and accompanying form instructions, which hospitals must provide to Medicare beneficiaries who receive outpatient observation services for longer than 24 hours.

The notice informs patients that they are classified as an outpatient receiving observation services and explains the associated implications for cost-sharing and Medicare coverage eligibility. The MOON was mandated under the Federal Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act, and also was included in Medicare’s 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule.

All hospitals and critical access hospitals will be required to provide the MOON to applicable patients beginning March 8, 2017.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Michelle Rosenfeld is senior writer/editor at America's Essential Hospitals.