Two-Midnight Rule

Scrap hospital rule: experts

Scrap hospital rule: experts

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Medicare should cover people who go to a skilled nursing facility without a preceding hospital stay, experts recently told the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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.

'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.

The potential break-up between hospitals and long-term care

The potential break-up between hospitals and long-term care

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The attempts of the hospital lobby and long-term care to move beyond casually dating to going steady hit a snag at the steps of a courthouse Monday.

Hospitals slap the government with lawsuits over 'two-midnight' policy to reduce observation stays

Hospitals slap the government with lawsuits over 'two-midnight' policy to reduce observation stays

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The American Hospital Association and other hospital groups have sued the federal government over the so-called "two-midnight rule," which was designed in part to ease access to skilled nursing services. The rule undermines the judgments of physicians and other clinicians, the hospital associations stated in their complaint, filed Monday in U.S. District Court.

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.

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.

CMS clarifies reporting requirements for hospice providers operating in skilled nursing facilities

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New revisions to the Medicare Claims Processing manual are intended to clarify requirements for hospice providers operating in skilled nursing facilities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced recently.

Inpatient admissions plummet

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A new admissions policy has driven hospital inpatient stays to record low levels, according to Citigroup analysts.

Open Door Forum on 'two-midnight' hospital stay policy Tuesday

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is holding a special Open Door Forum conference call at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time) Tuesday to discuss the "two-midnight" hospital inpatient policy. Callers also can ask questions about physician order, physician certification and medical review criteria. They were previously released in August in the fiscal 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System/Long-Term Care Hospital final rule.

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.

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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