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Short Stay Update: Medicare's New "Two Midnight" Rule

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August Special Webinar: CMS just released a final rule on how hospitals must determine whether to bill for an inpatient admission (versus an observation stay paid under Part B). Specifically, the new rule requires the physician order to document his/her determination that the patient will remain an inpatient for a time period crossing “two midnights.” We will discuss the final rule’s requirements, what hospitals can do to comply and how to challenge inpatient denials following the implementation of the new rule, which becomes effective October 1, 2013.

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