benefit period

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benefit period

A period of hospital or skilled nursing use by the beneficiary of an insurance policy, which begins on the day of admission and ends when the recipient has not received hospital or skilled nursing care for 60 consecutive days. The beneficiary must pay the inpatient hospital deductible for each benefit period; there is no limit on the number of benefit.

The period during which a Medicare beneficiary is eligible for Part-A benefits. A typical benefit period is 90 days, which begins the day the patient is admitted to a hospital and ends when a person has not been hospitalised for a period of 60 consecutive days.
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ben·e·fit pe·ri·od

(benĕ-fit pērē-ŏd)
Classification used by Medicare to define the period starting with the first day of hospitalization and ending when the patient has been out of the hospital for 60 consecutive days.
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