Observation stays policy update

We’ve updated our observation stays policy to align with industry standards. Observation stays will now be reimbursed up to a maximum of 72 hours, across all plan types. Stays exceeding 72 hours will not be reimbursed.

This change aligns with CMS policy which defines observation stays exceeding 72 hours as medically unlikely. It will also support our shared goal of ensuring our members, your patients, get the right care in the right setting.

You can review the updated observation stays policy online.

Providers may follow the appeals process to have observation services exceeding 72 hours considered for payment.