Benefit Period

Benefit Period Starts the day you get admitted in HospitalA period of time, measured by Medicare Parts A and B, during which you use the services of hospital and skilled nursing facilities. The benefit period starts on the day you’re admitted as an inpatient in a skilled nursing facility or a hospital and ends when you have been out of the aforementioned facilities for 60 or more consecutive days. There is not a limit to the number of benefit periods you have but you will still have to pay the inpatient hospital deductible for each benefit period.

While John did have to go to the hospital on one occasion, he remained relatively healthy and only had one benefit period during the entire year.