Federal court undermines three-day stay rule again
Jan 28, 2022
A court ruling has cleared the way for thousands of Medicare beneficiaries to appeal non-coverage of nursing home care after hospital stays.
Leading Medicare experts: End post-acute COVID waivers, but keep this key change
Dec 07, 2021
COVID-era waivers that made it easier for hospitals to discharge patients to post-acute settings should be revoked, except for one element, researchers said.
Three-day stay waiver, fire safety allowances extended into 2022
Oct 21, 2021
The temporary waiver for Medicare’s three-day stay requirement will continue at least into January after the COVID-19 public health crisis designation was extended by Health and Human Services Secretary...
Lawmakers take aim at three-day stay requirement under bill introduced Tuesday
Jun 02, 2021
A group of bipartisan lawmakers is looking to count observation stays towards the three-day stay requirement for Medicare skilled nursing facility coverage under a proposal reintroduced in the House on...
CMS updates guidance on three-day stay waiver
Jun 30, 2020
Providers must demonstrate that a beneficiary’s skilled nursing care in a facility is “in some way” related to the coronavirus public health crisis in order to qualify for the three-day inpatient...
Federal observation stays ruling ‘an important win’ for residents
James M. Berklan
Mar 26, 2020
Providers are calling a decision that allows some patients to appeal their observation stay designations “an important win and positive step” forward for long-term care residents.
Clinical Briefs for Wednesday, March 18
Mar 17, 2020
CMS expands telehealth Medicare coverage to nursing home beneficiaries as COVID-19 strategy … CMS waives three-day stay requirement, MDS deadlines …Vitamin D boosts chances of walking after hip fracture...
Providers wary of waiver
Dec 06, 2017
Less than half of healthcare providers eligible to use the three-day hospital stay waiver available through the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative actually use it, a recent report shows.
MedPAC chairman: Three-day stay requirement is ‘archaic’
Sep 16, 2014
The government should pay for skilled nursing care without a preliminary three-day hospital stay, and the recovery auditor program should be reformed, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members said...
When two midnights doesn’t equal three days
Sep 23, 2013
Hospital observation stays have been increasing, as have Medicare auditors’ denial of claims related to short inpatient stays on the basis that they should have been counted as observation stays....