Inpatient Hospital Services Law and Legal Definition

Inpatient hospital services refer to those services that a hospital provides under the direction of either a physician with privileges or a dentist in an institution or other practitioner of the healing arts who are maintained for the care and treatment of inpatients with disorders other than mental disease.

The term "inpatient hospital services" is defined under 42 USCS § 1395x (b) as the following items and services furnished to an inpatient of a hospital and (except as provided in paragraph (3)) by the hospital:

(1) bed and board;

(2) such nursing services and other related services, such use of hospital facilities, and such medical social services as are ordinarily furnished by the hospital for the care and treatment of inpatients, and such drugs, biologicals, supplies, appliances, and equipment, for use in the hospital, as are ordinarily furnished by such hospital for the care and treatment of inpatients; and

(3) such other diagnostic or therapeutic items or services, furnished by the hospital or by others under arrangements with them made by the hospital, as are ordinarily furnished to inpatients either by such hospital or by others under such arrangements;

excluding, however:

(4) medical or surgical services provided by a physician, resident, or, services described by subsection (s)(2)(K), certified nurse-midwife services, qualified psychologist services, and services of a certified registered nurse anesthetist; and

(5) the services of a private-duty nurse or other private-duty attendant.