Medicare - Important Notice
Important Notice from Medicare
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As a hospital patient, you have the right to:
- Receive Medicare covered services. This includes medically necessary hospital services and services you may need after you are discharged, if ordered by your doctor. You have a right to know about these services, who will pay for them, and where you can get them.
- Be involved in any decisions about your hospital stay, and know who will pay for it.
- Report any concerns you have about the quality of care you receive to the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) listed here:
- Acumentra Health, 800-344-4354 for services received in Oregon
- Qualis Health 1-877-290-4346 (TTY 800-949-7536, press 0 to connect to TTY), for services received in Washington
Your Medicare discharge rights
Planning for your discharge: During your hospital stay, the hospital staff will be working with you to prepare for your safe discharge and arrange for services you may need after you leave the hospital. When you no longer need inpatient hospital care, your doctor or the hospital staff will inform you of your planned discharge date.
If you think you are being discharged too soon:
- You can talk to the hospital staff, your doctor and your managed care plan (if you belong to one) about your concerns.
- You also have the right to an appeal, that is, a review of your case by a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). The QIO is an outside reviewer hired by Medicare to look at your case to decide whether you are ready to leave the hospital.
- If you want to appeal, you must contact the QIO no later than your planned discharge date and before you leave the hospital.
- If you do this, you will not have to pay for the services you receive during the appeal (except for charges such as copays and deductibles).
- If you do not appeal, but decide to stay in the hospital past your planned discharge date, you may have to pay for any services you receive after that date.
To speak with someone at the hospital about this notice, call:
- Legacy Emanuel Medical Center: 503-413-4103
- Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center: 503-413-7629
- Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center: 503-692-7430
- Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center: 503-674-1340
- Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center: 360-487-5050
Steps to appeal your discharge
You must contact the QIO no later than your planned discharge date and before you leave the hospital. If you do this, you will not have to pay for the services you receive during the appeal (except for charges like copays and deductibles).
- For Legacy's Oregon medical centers, contact Oregon Acumentra: 800-785-0411
- For Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, contact Washington Qualis Health: 877-290-4346
You can file a request for an appeal any day of the week. Once you speak to someone or leave a message, your appeal has begun. Please ask the hospital if you need help contacting the QIO. You will need to provide the QIO with the name and number of the Legacy hospital you are calling about:
- Legacy Emanuel Medical Center - 1831112358
- Legacy Emanuel Psychiatric - 1003822487
- Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center - 1780608216
- Legacy Good Samaritan Psychiatric - 1336162874
- Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center - 1184647620
- Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center - 1255354700
- Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center - 1700809829
You will receive a detailed notice from the hospital or your Medicare Advantage or other Medicare managed care plan (if you belong to one) that explains the reasons they think you are ready to be discharged.
The QIO will ask for your opinion. You or your representative need to be available to speak with the QIO, if requested. You or your representative may give the QIO a written statement, but you are not required to do so.
The QIO will review your medical records and other important information about your case.
The QIO will notify you of its decision within one day after it receives all necessary information.
- If the QIO finds you are not ready to be discharged, Medicare will continue to cover your hospital services.
- If the QIO finds you are ready to be discharged, Medicare will continue to cover your services until noon of the day after the QIO notifies you of its decision.
If you miss the deadline to appeal, you have other appeal rights:
You can still ask the QIO or your plan (if you belong to one) for a review of your case:
- If you have Original Medicare: Call the QIO listed above.
- If you belong to a Medicare Advantage Plan or other Medicare managed care plan: Call your plan.
- If you stay in the hospital, the hospital may charge you for any services you receive after your planned discharge date.
For more information, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), or TTY: 1-877-486-2048.
Medicare Version Date 5/2007
**See Patient Relations for additional information about how to let Legacy know if you have a problem or concern, as well as the contact information for the Quality Improvement Organizations for Oregon and Washington.