CMS Releases Final MOON (Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice)

CMS has published the long-awaited, final Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) which all hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) are required to provide to certain beneficiaries beginning no later than March 8, 2017.  The purpose of the notice is to inform beneficiaries (including Medicare health plan enrollees) that they are an outpatient receiving observation services and are not classified as an inpatient.  The MOON is mandated by the Federal Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act) that was passed on August 6, 2015. 

To access the CMS notice that includes a link to the final document as a pdf and Word document along with instructions, click here

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Joan C. Ragsdale, JD
Chief Executive Officer

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Chief Development Officer