Observing the NOTICE Act
By Professor Leigh Melton, JD, Amanda Bird, JD, and Lauren Ritter, JD
The NOTICE Act requires hospitals to provide oral and written notification to patients who are under observation for more than 24 hours of their observation status within 36 hours of being placed under observation. However, the Act leaves many issues stemming from observation status and the 2-midnight rule unresolved. The Act provides no retroactive relief. It does not discourage hospitals from using observation stays as a cost-saving measure. It does not change the rule that observation stays do not trigger skilled nursing facility benefits. It does not give patients the right to administratively appeal their observation status once they receive notice. And the Act lacks bite because it does not specify the consequences of a hospital’s failure to comply. Download a PDF of the article
Jeff Sodoma, MPA, Esq. is a lawyer based in Virginia Beach, Virginia
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