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MedPAC Calls for End of “Two-Midnight Rule”

The independent agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment issues has recommended that Medicare eliminate its controversial two-midnight rule.

new medpacAt its recent meeting in Washington, D.C., the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) also recommended that Medicare focus RAC (Recovery Audit Contractor) audits on hospitals with the highest numbers of short inpatient stays, shorten the look-back period for audits, modify the three-day rule for skilled nursing facility coverage, and require hospitals to inform patients when their stay has been classified as observation status rather than inpatient status.

Learn more about MedPAC’s recommendation in this Fierce Healthcare news report and go here to see the MedPAC presentation of the recommendations the agency’s board approved.

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