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What is ambulatory care?

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outpatient hospital care

When you have been admitted into a hospital as an inpatient, but the hospital registers you as an outpatient, your medical or surgical care is considered as outpatient hospital care – even if you stay overnight in the hospital for observation purposes.

What is ambulatory care?

Ambulatory care refers to health care services that do not include a stay in a hospital, otherwise known as outpatient care. Ambulatory care can be provided in a hospital — emergency room treatment is a common example, as is outpatient surgery that does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. But if the patient ends up being admitted as an inpatient, the care would be inpatient rather than ambulatory.

Medicare Part B covers ambulatory care, whereas Medicare Part A covers inpatient care.

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