If you are an inpatient at a hospital, you should receive a notice titled Important Message from Medicare within two days of being admitted. This notice explains your patient rights, and you will be asked to sign it. If your inpatient hospital stay lasts three days or longer, you should receive another copy of the same notice before you leave the hospital. This notice should arrive up to two days, and no later than four hours before you are discharged.
If your care is ending at a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF), hospice, or home health agency because your provider believes Medicare will not pay for it, you should receive a Notice of Medicare Non-Coverage. You should get this notice no later than two days before your care is set to end. If you receive home health care, you should receive the notice on your second to last care visit. If you have reached the limit in your care or do not qualify for care, you do not receive this notice and you cannot appeal.
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