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Inpatient or Outpatient? Medicare's Murky Definitions

Webster's Dictionary defines an inpatient as: "a hospital patient who receives lodging and food as well as treatment." An outpatient, on the other hand, it: "a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment."

If you're staying overnight in hospital, you're an inpatient. If you're out before…

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