Analysis of CMS' Delay of the Two-Midnight Rule
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 3:13 PM
Late Friday, January 31, CMS announced it is extending the so-called two-midnight rule’s “probe and educate” transition period to the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30. Full enforcement of the policy had been slated to begin in April. Friday’s announcement from CMS is the third time since October that full implementation of the two-midnight rule has been delayed.
CMS officials have stated the rule is needed to clarify admission guidelines and address a recent spike in Medicare patients being admitted to hospitals for brief observation stays. Objections from hospitals and doctors have included unease over the financial impact of the rule on patients, who face higher co-pays, and concern that the rule will penalize efficient treatment of patients in less than two nights.
For an analysis of this latest development, please review the Washington Perspectives from KHA Washington liaison Larry Goldberg.
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