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Why Advocates Must Know Patients’ Rights

Patient rights are the foundation of all patient advocacy.  When healthcare providers (such as hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, home care, and medical equipment companies) know that you know what the law requires, you will avoid or at least quickly resolve problems. Rights come from many sources.  Medicare and Medicaid providers (including the ones listed above) must meet standards called Conditions of Participation (CoPs) or Conditions for Coverage (CoP).  Patient rights are part of those standards.  When providers fail to meet those…

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How to Appeal an Early Hospital Discharge as a Medicare Patient

If you are being discharged early from the hospital, it’s not uncommon to experience feelings of “Wait! I’m not ready!” You may feel medically unprepared to go home, and the thought of being discharged too soon is scary. Fortunately, if you’re in this situation, there is a way to appeal an early hospital discharge. In this article, we will show you how to appeal an early discharge and advocate for a longer hospital stay. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…

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