Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized and posted the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notification (MOON) form. Finalizing the form was the last outstanding piece needed to implement the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act), which requires hospitals to notify Medicare and Medicare Advantage enrollees orally and via the standardized form when the patient is placed in observation status rather than being admitted as an inpatient. The notification requirements are effective March 8, 2017.
While the MOON form is now final, there are open questions regarding completion of the form and operational elements of the NOTICE Act. CMS will provide additional guidance prior to the effect date of the requirements. WSHA is preparing a comprehensive bulletin and webinar to provide more detail and allow hospitals to share best practices for implementation. (Andrew Busz)