The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) notifies Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) of the addition of a Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) to Chapter 30 of Pub. 100-04 to inform all Medicare beneficiaries whether they are outpatients receiving observation services, or inpatients of a hospital or critical access hospital (CAH). CMS specify that the MOON is “information-only” for MACs, but must be observed by hospitals.
Subject: Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) Instructions
Title: Change Request 9935
Release Date: Jan. 27, 2017
Effective Date: Feb. 21, 2017
Implementation Date: Feb. 21, 2017
Special Notes: Transmittal 3695, dated January 20, 2017, is being rescinded and replaced by Transmittal 3698, dated January 27, 2017, to update Section II of the transmittal (Changes in Manuals Instructions) to add new manual sections that were not included in the original final CR. All other information remains the same.