Observation Stays

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'2-midnight rule' is increasing observation stays, not decreasing them as hoped, Johns Hopkins director tells Congressional panel

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A Medicare policy change meant to reduce the number of hospital observation stays actually is having the opposite effect, a senior Johns Hopkins Medical System executive told a Congressional panel this week.

Dramatic drop in hospital inpatient readmissions cannot be explained by a shift to observation stays, researchers find

Dramatic drop in hospital inpatient readmissions cannot be explained by a shift to observation stays, researchers find

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Hospitals achieved a notable reduction in their inpatient readmissions rate in 2012 and were not using observation stays to game the system, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services researchers. That means it is possible increases in the quality of care and care coordination are working in reducing readmissions.

Observation stay bills in focus for LTC providers

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Nonprofit long-term care providers continued to focus on bills related to observation stays during visits on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

PEAK members brave D.C. storm to push long-term care agenda

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Nonprofit long-term care providers visiting Washington this week are encouraging members of Congress — some of them destined for tough re-election campaigns — to pursue key strategic goals.

Senate bill would revamp 2-midnight rule for hospital inpatient admissions

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Providers' complaints about the so-called "two-midnight rule" for determining hospital inpatient status have led to a new bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate, which would create less rigid guidelines.

Two-midnight rule sends hospital inpatient admissions crashing to record lows, analysis finds

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A newly implemented admissions policy has driven hospital inpatient stays to record low levels, according to an analysis from researchers associated with Citigroup.

Docs, hospitals protest two-midnight rule

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A new policy meant to reduce the number of hospital observation stays should be delayed, and stakeholders should collaborate on a better way to achieve that goal, according to the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association.

Hospital observation stays increased more than 100%, AARP study finds

Hospital observation stays increased more than 100%, AARP study finds

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The frequency of hospital observation stays skyrocketed and long stays became much more common between 2001 and 2009, according to a new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Physician and hospital groups call for delay of 'two-midnight rule'

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A policy meant to reduce the number of hospital observation stays is not workable, and stakeholders should collaborate on more comprehensive solutions to the observation stay situation, according to the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association.

House lawmakers call on CMS to delay rule limiting observation stays

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More than 100 members of the House of Representatives have called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to delay implementation of a new rule intended to limit the number of hospital patients under "observation" status.

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