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Observation Stay

James M. Berklan, McKnight's Editor

Hoping for some ‘observation stay’ sanity

It was welcome news Tuesday to learn that the confirmation hearing for the person who could officially wind up holding the purse strings for most nursing home payments was civil. Even better was the nominee saying she would look into the ridiculous state of affairs concerning hospital observation stays.

Shelly Mesure, MS, OTR/L

Beware of hospital observation loopholes

Hospitals have been undergoing more and more restrictions on re-admissions and are now facing financial penalties in some situations. Unfortunately, this has also resulted in more patients not being classified as “admits” or “re-admits,” but rather getting coded as “observation” stays.

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