Message from Medicare
As a Hospital Inpatient, you have the right to:
- Receive Medicare covered services. This includes medically necessary hospital services you may need after you are discharged, if ordered by your doctor. You have the 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: KEPRO (Keystone Peer Review Organization), 1-844-455-8708.
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 like co-pays 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.
- Step by step instructions for calling the QIO and filing an appeal are listed below.
Steps to Appeal Your Discharge
Step 1: 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 co-pays and deductibles).
- Here is the contact information for the QIO:
KEPRO (Keystone Peer Review Organization)
- 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.
- Ask the hospital if you need help contacting the QIO.
- The name of this hospital is UNC Rockingham Health Care, ID: 340060.
Step 2: You will receive a detailed notice from the hospital of 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.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: The QIO will review your medical records and other important information about your case.
Step 5: The QIO will notify you of its decision within 1 day after it receives all necessary information.
- If the QIO finds that 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.
To speak with someone at the hospital about this notice, call 336-623-9711 and ask for a case manager or nursing supervisor.