Friday, May 16, 2014

House Ways and Means Subcommittee Hearing on Observation Stays and Other Policies

Dana Halvorson

The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on current hospital issues in the Medicare program, with an emphasis on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) two-midnights policy, short inpatient stays, outpatient observation stays, auditing and appeals. 

The hearing will take place on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 9:30 A.M.

According to the Subcommittee’s hearing advisory, the hearing will touch on "all current issues relevant to hospitals in the Medicare program and specifically focus on the current incentives around short inpatient stays and the unintended consequences of those incentives such as auditing by RACs, a massive backlog of Medicare appeals and excessive growth of outpatient observation stays." 

Further details about the hearing can be found the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee website here. AHCA/NCAL plans to submit a written statement focused on the observation stays issue for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing. More information about observation stays can be found on the AHCA website.       

No comments:

Post a Comment