Monday, November 10, 2014

MedPAC Meeting on Hospital Short Stay Policy Issues

Dana Halvorson 
On September 12, 2014, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held a meeting on hospital short stay policy issues, and held another meeting on these issues last Thursday, November 6. 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 November 6 hospital short stay policy issues meeting focused on, among other topics discussed, observation stays, the 3-day stay requirement, Recovery Audit Contractors, one-day inpatient stays, and self-administered drugs. 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. More information about the observation stays issue can be found on the AHCA website.      

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