An Important Message from Medicare from the Department of Health & Human Services. Your rights while a Medicare hospital patient:
- You have a right to receive all of the hospital care that is necessary for the proper diagnosis and treatment of your illness or injury. Your discharge date should be determined solely by your medical needs, not by DRGs or by Medicare payments.
- You have the right to be fully informed about decisions affecting your Medicare coverage or payment for your hospital stay.
- You have a right to appeal any written notices you receive from the hospital or Medicare stating that Medicare will no longer pay for your care.
Talk to Your Doctor
You and your doctor know more about your condition and your health care needs than does anyone else. If you have questions about your medical treatment, your need for continued hospital care or your discharge date, consult your doctor. These decisions should be made between you and your doctor. If you have questions or concerns about hospital services, you should talk to the hospital's patient representative or discharge planner. Don't hesitate to ask questions; you or your family should ask about your care, your stay in the hospital and your planned discharge.
Coming in 2018
In order to prevent fraud and fight identify theft, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards. New cards will be mailed beginning April 2018.