CMS Releases FAQs for Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON)
The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted frequently asked questions concerning the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON). As a reminder, hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must begin using the MOON no later than March 8, 2017.
The MOON is mandated by the Federal Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act), passed on August 6, 2015. The NOTICE Act requires hospitals and CAHs to provide notification to individuals receiving observation services as outpatients for more than 24 hours explaining the status of the individual as an outpatient, not an inpatient, and the implications of such status.
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