Admission & Outpatient or Observation Stay
Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) will not deny admission to any patient due to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, financial class, marital status, disability, veteran status, age or national origin.
Patients are admitted to the hospital and cared for during their hospital stay by a physician who is a member of the VMM medical staff or who has temporary privileges under the VMM medical staff by-laws. Patients may be admitted to the hospital at any time, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
Outpatient or Observation Stay
If you have been placed into an outpatient status for observation, you are still considered an "outpatient" even though you will be in a bed on a nursing unit. Nurses and your physician will be evaluating your symptoms. Within 24 hours, your physician should make a decision to either admit you for inpatient treatment, or discharge you for continued outpatient follow-up care.
Care Coordination staff will keep inclose contact with your physician regarding changes in your outpatient status. Your outpatient observation stay DOES NOT count toward the 3-day inpatient stay requirement for admission to a skilled care facility under Medicare.It is important for you to understand that as an outpatient, you may be responsible for any out-of pocket expenses, such as co-payment, deductibles, and certain medications, in accordance with your specific insurance plan. If you have questions about your insurance coverage, please contact your insurance carrier directly.
During your outpatient observation stay, Medicare will not pay for medications that Medicare determines you are able to take by yourself without nursing assistance. These are called self-administered medications*. You will be charged separately for these medications. If you have questions regarding which medications Medicare will NOT pay for during your outpatient observation stay, please contact Medicare at 800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
*Self-administered medication is anymedication that a person takes on a daily,weekly or monthly basis at home regardless of the method used to take the medication. Some EXAMPLES include insulin, cholesterol, high blood pressure and ulcer medications.