Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MedPAC Meeting on Hospital Short Stay Policy Issues

Dana Halvorson

Last Friday, September 12, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held a meeting on hospital short stay policy issues. The Commission meets publicly in Washington, D.C., to discuss Medicare issues and policy questions and to develop and approve reports and recommendations to the U.S. Congress.

At these meetings, staff present research and policy options for the Commissioners to discuss. The September 12 hospital short stay policy issues meeting focused on, among other topics discussed, observation stays, the 2-midnight rule, Recovery Audit Contractors, one-day inpatient stays, and beneficiary impacts.

A McKnight’s article that provides a brief overview of the meeting can be found here, while the MedPAC meeting issue brief and the PowerPoint presentation can be found here. A transcript of the meeting will be made available in the near future on the MedPAC website.

More information about the observation stays issue can be found on the AHCA website.      

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