CMS provides some clarification on two-midnight rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provided some clarifying information regarding its controversial two-midnight rule after delaying its implementation several times. Among the clarifications is the requirement that a physician signature must accompany hospital paperwork for any patients admitted under the rule when it is implemented in late September. The physician need only admit the patient, and does not need to have admitting privileges at the specific facility. Under the two-midnight rule, a patient must be admitted to the hospital for two consecutive midnights in order for the facility to receive inpatient payments from the Medicare program. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

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