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NAUH Comments on Proposed Medicare Inpatient Rule: Part 3 of 5

In April the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its proposed rule governing how it plans to pay hospitals for Medicare-covered inpatient services in FY 2017. The rulemaking process includes an invitation to stakeholders to submit comments on what CMS has proposed. NAUH submitted extensive comments in response to the proposed rule, addressing six aspects of what CMS proposed: Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) payments the Medicare hospital readmissions reduction program inpatient rates observation status/the two-midnight rule the outlier threshold reporting data for the Medicare area wage index This week the NAUH blog presents NAUH’s comments. Our schedule is [&hellip

NAUH Comments on Proposed Medicare Inpatient Rule: Part 2 of 5

In April the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its proposed rule governing how it plans to pay hospitals for Medicare-covered inpatient services in FY 2017. The rulemaking process includes an invitation to stakeholders to submit comments on what CMS has proposed. NAUH submitted extensive comments in response to the proposed rule, addressing six aspects of what CMS proposed: Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) payments the Medicare hospital readmissions reduction program inpatient rates observation status/the two-midnight rule the outlier threshold reporting data for the Medicare area wage index This week the NAUH blog presents NAUH’s comments. Our schedule is [&hellip

NAUH Comments on Proposed Medicare Inpatient Rule: Part 1 of 5

In April the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its proposed rule governing how it plans to pay hospitals for Medicare-covered inpatient services in FY 2017. The rulemaking process includes an invitation to stakeholders to submit comments on what CMS has proposed. NAUH submitted extensive comments in response to the proposed rule, addressing six aspects of what CMS proposed: Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) payments the Medicare hospital readmissions reduction program inpatient rates observation status/the two-midnight rule the outlier threshold reporting data for the Medicare area wage index This week the NAUH blog presents NAUH’s comments. Our schedule is [&hellip

Examining Medicare’s Skilled Nursing Facility Three-Day Inpatient Stay Requirement

The Congressional Research Service has prepared a new report that takes a look at the requirement that Medicare patients spend three days as hospital inpatients before Medicare will pay for post-discharge skilled nursing care. The report reviews the current requirements for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing care, describes the role of hospital outpatient observation care in clouding the question of whether individual patients have spent three days in the hospital, and examines proposals for changing the three-day requirement. It also addresses the need for greater transparency in hospital decisions to classify patients as under observation status rather as inpatients, the [&hellip

Safety-Net Hospitals Have Higher Readmission Rates for Cancer Surgery Patients

Patients who have cancer surgery at safety-net hospitals are more likely to require readmission to the hospital than similar patients at other hospitals, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. A review of more than 110,000 cases in California found that 30-day and 90-day readmission rates were noticeably higher for patients at safety-net hospitals and that the patients those hospitals served were more likely to be insured by Medicaid, more likely to live in low-income neighborhoods, and more likely to be admitted to the hospital for their procedure through the emergency room. One of [&hellip

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