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Largest US hospital chain to pay $98 million in observation stay case

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The nation's largest hospital organization has agreed to a $98 million settlement to resolve charges that it overbilled by admitting individuals as inpatients rather than keeping them under observation, the Department of Justice announced Monday.

Structured home care program reduced SNF stays 27%, hospital finds

Structured home care program reduced SNF stays 27%, hospital finds

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A hospital substantially reduced Medicare costs and skilled nursing facility stays by providing more primary care in frail elders' homes, according to study findings published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Medicare should pay for skilled nursing services without a qualifying hospital stay, experts tell Senators

Medicare should pay for skilled nursing services without a qualifying hospital stay, experts tell Senators

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The time has come to eliminate hospital stay requirements for beneficiaries to qualify for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing services, experts told a Senate committee Wednesday.

Bill addressing admission status receives praise

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A bill that would require hospitals to give patients a formal notice of their admission status has received strong support from healthcare associations.

22% of beneficiaries return to hospital

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A large number of rehabilitation patients seek hospital care shortly after being discharged from a nursing facility, according to recent research.

CMS to host webinars on DMEPOS Competitive Bidding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will hold three webinars to explain the Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program, which began in nine areas on Jan. 1, 2011.

Progress in the hospital 'observation stay' chaos

Progress in the hospital 'observation stay' chaos

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When you complain about bizarre government conditions or regulations, as columnists are wont to do, you usually have to assume you're just whispering into a stiff wind. But now comes word that no less than the Office of Inspector General of your Department of Health and Human Services is jumping on the bandwagon to change the hospital "observation stay" madness.

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