Your Medicare Rights during a Hospital Discharge
Question: What can I do if I’m being discharged from the hospital and I don’t feel well enough to return home? I feel I still have some health issues and want to stay in the hospital for a few more days.
Answer: Medicare patients can appeal a hospital discharge, which is different from other Medicare appeals, because a hospital discharge appeal follows a faster timeline.
How do I Appeal? Refer to the “Important Message from Medicare” notice, which the hospital should provide at least once during your inpatient hospital stay, and outlines how to request an appeal by an independent group.~
While the appeal is underway, the hospital must provide a “Detailed Notice of Discharge” that explains why it thinks you
are ready to leave. You will be contacted by the independent reviewers for your opinion and they will also review your medical records.
The reviewers should have a decision within 24 hours of receiving all the necessary information. If the appeal is successful, your care will continue to be covered.
If you’re appeal is unsuccessful, you will not be held responsible for the cost of care during the 24-hour period while you waited for a decision. If you remain in the
hospital after that period, you may be responsible for the cost of care.
Danbury Hospital - Dental Clinic
Do you have difficulty affording dental care? You know how important good dental care is for your overall health but perhaps you can’t stretch your income to cover the cost. Here is an affordable option through Danbury Hospital that offers routine and specialized dental care to all ages regardless of ability to pay. Dental appointments: call 203-791-5010
- Located at Seifert and Ford Family Community Health Center
- 70 Main Street
- Danbury, CT 06810
After booking an appointment, ask for the financial aid office to discuss payment options based on your financial situation.