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Idiot's Guides: Medicare by Tanya Feke

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CHAPTER10

Medicare Part A

In This Chapter

  • The importance of medical necessity
  • The difference between inpatient and observation status
  • Understanding your Part A benefit periods
  • Qualifying for skilled nursing care
  • The requirements for hospice coverage
  • Calculating your costs with Part A coverage

Medicare Part A is the heart and soul of Medicare. Hospital stays can cost a great deal of money, and avoiding catastrophic expenses for the elderly was one the primary reasons Medicare came into existence. Part A is often referred to as hospital insurance, but it is much more than that. Understanding what it covers, when it provides coverage, and how ...

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