For many seniors, visits to the hospital become more frequent occurrences than when they were younger. Falls, dizzy spills, and a whole host of other ailments may drive a senior to the emergency room. Unfortunately, if your physician determines for whatever reason that you need more observation or treatment before being sent home, you can spend an extended amount of time in the hospital before being released.

Depending on the circumstances of your stay, it may be difficult to determine independently whether you are admitted to the hospital as inpatient or whether you are being held under observation – an outpatient status. Unfortunately, there are significant financial consequences of inpatient versus outpatient status, a fact that many seniors have discovered to their surprise after release from the hospital. A new law in Virginia that became effective July 1, 2015 now seeks to require hospitals to clarify the situation for patients.

To learn more about this new law, please click here.