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Medicare tweak would help cover rehab costs

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Wednesday called for closing a gap in Medicare coverage that can cost elderly residents more for hospital treatment. The gap concerns inpatient hospital stays vs. time spent in “observation.” The current rules have Medicare pay for a stay in a skilled nursing home facility if a beneficiary has three consecutive days of hospitalization as an inpatient. If there are fewer than three days, Medicare doesn’t cover post-visit skilled nursing services. ...

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