Posted on: July 8, 2013
Are You Under Observation?
By Dr. Eugene Spagnuolo, Associate Director of the Emergency Department, Northern Westchester Hospital.
You might assume a trip to the emergency room that turns into an overnight stay means that you’ve been admitted and are receiving inpatient care, but that’s not always the case. If your doctor has placed you under “observation,” you’re technically an outpatient. That distinction is critical because the difference between being observed and being admitted can have a big impact on how your stay is covered by insurance and may impact your out-of-pocket expenses.