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Also in the news for Nov. 3, 2014 . . .

$37 million settlement makes Dignity the latest large hospital system to pay out for observation stay charges … Vibrating insoles could reduce falls among seniors … Audit shows 11,000 unresolved nursing home complaints in CA

DOJ forces observation stay showdown

Hospitals have been cast in a harsh light by long-term care advocates recently for allegedly over-using “observation stay” status. The practice can ultimately deny some patients subsequent Medicare coverage for nursing home admission.

Elizabeth Newman

Falling short in labeling seniors

I’m confident I’m not the only person who has worked in a hospital or long-term care who has heard this conversation about someone elderly who has recently died. “Well, she fell and broke her hip a few months ago,” Person A says. Person B shakes her head and says, “Well, after that, it’s all downhill.”

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

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.

Michael A. Ross, M.D., Emory University School of Medicine professor

60 seconds with … Michael A. Ross, M.D.

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Q: You co-authored a study on how specialized hospital observation stay units could increase transparency and allow quicker inpatient admission decisions. This would help people meet the three-midnight requirement for skilled care. What are the characteristics of type 1 unit care?

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