Medicare: Hospital Insurance

Under Part A, the hospital insurance program reimburses participating and emergency hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies, and hospices for the reasonable cost of furnishing inpatient and limited in-home services.

Inpatient hospital stays are covered for the first 60 days of a benefit period, with a deductible paid by the beneficiary. A per diem co-payment is also required from the 61st to the 90th day.

For skilled nursing facilities, a per diem co-payment is required after the 20th day of a benefit period.

Post-hospital home health care services are reimbursable in full.


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