Legislation Takes Aim at CMS 'Two Midnight' Rule

A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would establish new guidelines for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by addressing the so-called “two midnight rule” issued last year by CMS. Part of the 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System finalized in August, under the new rule a Medicare beneficiary is automatically deemed to be an inpatient if their hospital stay spans more than two consecutive midnights.  

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