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CMS Posts Draft Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON), Instructions, and a Supporting Statement

CMS has posted the draft Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON), Instructions, and a Supporting Statement.  The Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) is a standardized notice developed to inform beneficiaries (including Medicare health plan enrollees) that they are an outpatient receiving observation services and are not an inpatient of the hospital or critical access hospital (CAH).  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 and CAHs to provide written and oral notification under specified guidelines.  The MOON, its instructions, and implementing regulations were published in the Federal Register on April 27, 2016, as part of the FY 2017 Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) proposed rule. They are available for public comment through June 17, 2016

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