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Hospitals, Medicare on Different Wavelength on Observation Care

Hospitals and Medicare still view Medicare observation status quite differently.

Hospitals keep observation status patients longer than Medicare believes they should and provide more services to those patients.  As a result, hospitals are losing money on observation status patients, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Conversely, hospitals have positive margins on the Medicare patients they admit.

jama1The findings are based on an analysis of 18 months of services to Medicare patients provided at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, a 566-bed tertiary academic medical center.

Find the study here, on the web site of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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