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Being Observed….vs Being Admitted

Being Observed….vs Being Admitted

When you go to the hospital, and you are a Medicare patient, it is imperative that you know if you are an in-patient versus an observed patient. Currently, Medicare isn’t paying if you are being observed! Currently (and the rules change all the time…) Medicare will pick up the first 20 days of skilled nursing in a rehab facility if you have been admitted into the hospital for 3 full days. Now, If you are considered in observation for any part of that time, Medicare won’t pay your rehab facility bill. In 2007-2009, there was an increase of 34% in patients being observed versus being an in-patient. AND Medi-Gap insurance doesn’t cover being observed either!

So ask, “Am I an in-patient, or an I being observed!” Get educated, get empowered, get healthy!

Donna Smith with a DC Update, Singer/Songwriter Brian Asselin and Bill Fisher with the Alzheimer’s Association | March 17, 2012 | Show 440

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Dan is on the Island of Bursitis this week so our resident funny lady Lynn Ruth Miller sits in for him. Given our discussion about some pretty serious topics, Lynn Ruth finds a way to bring her compassion and humor to the table. AND she’s back. Our friend and D.C. correspondent Donna Smith is with us.…

Donna Smith on D.C. Health Care News | National Nurses United Sponsored Segment | March 17, 2012 | Show 440

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Our friend and D.C. correspondent Donna Smith is with us. No one can articulate the D.C. health care news like Donna. She makes sense where there is no sense to be had. Ever wonder when you might hear about single payer health care again—good , bad or indifferent? How about Social Security and Medicare? Education? Listen this…

A Beautiful Song. Facts about Alzheimer’s. The Island of Bursitis. Really?

A Beautiful Song. Facts about Alzheimer’s. The Island of Bursitis. Really?

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Kelly Cassidy pictured with her 3 sons. WHO IS KELLY CASSIDY? She gets this weeks Golden Bed Pan Award. So what charitable act or cause has she engaged in? Hmmm. Who is Kelly Cassidy? Find out.

Welcome to Nurse Talk, where laughter is the best medicine. Dan is on the Island of Bursitis this week so our resident funny lady Lynn Ruth Miller sits in for him. Given our discussion about some pretty serious topics, Lynn Ruth finds a way to bring her compassion and humor to the table.

AND she’s back. Our friend and D.C. correspondent Donna Smith is with us. No one can articulate the D.C. health care news like Donna. She makes sense where there is no sense to be had. Ever wonder when you might hear about single payer health care again—good , bad or indifferent? How about Social Security and Medicare? Education? Listen this week for an update.

Later we talk with Canadian Musician Singer/Songwriter Brian Asselin. When a family member of Brian’s was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s—Brian wanted to make a contribution to help others going through the same thing. He did what he knows best—wrote a song to pay tribute. Listen to I Will Remind You.

And we have with us Bill Fisher. Mr. Fisher is the Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada, since 1987. Like many involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, Mr. Fisher has a personal involvement with dementia, having lost both his grandmother and mother-in-law to Alzheimer’s.

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NNU’s Donna Smith and Funny Lady Lynn Ruth Miller | Sept. 17-18, 2011| Show 422

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Donna always brings us up to speed on the issues that are important…at least to us they are. We’ll get an update on the nurses’ Main Street Campaign (more about that at nationalnursesunited.com), the state of Social Security and Medicare, a Wall Street sales tax and much more. We have comedian Lynn Ruth Miller with us…

Legislative Update | Donna Smith Segment | Show 422

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Donna Smith chats with us from Austin, Texas–you know, the home of one of the largest bat caves around…and its right downtown!! And yes…you can see the Texas State Capitol from the cave! Donna always brings us up to speed on the issues that are important…at least to us they are. We’ll get an update…

Nurses: We Fight Because We Have To and A Friend of Oprah’s is a Friend of Ours | Rewind Show 311

Nurses: We Fight Because We Have To and A Friend of Oprah’s is a Friend of Ours | Rewind Show 311

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Coming Up…while the summer grilling continues for Casey and Dan we have a great rewind! Enjoy and share this with your friends, enemies, nannies and anyone else you can think of! And next week all new Nurse Talk shows. Hunting from a recliner? No, it’s not Sarah Palin but it’s a great story. Tune in…