Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Additional MedPAC Meeting on Hospital Short Stay Policy Issues

Dana Halvorson and James Michel

On September 12, 2014, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held a meeting on hospital short stay policy issues, and will hold another meeting on these issues this Thursday, November 6, from 10:30am – 12:30pm ET.

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. The brief for the upcoming November 6 MedPAC meeting can be found here. More information about the observation stays issue can be found on the AHCA website.      

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