Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CMS Extends Partial Enforcement Delay for “Two-Midnight” Rule

Dana Halvorson 

According to an August 13 McKnight’s article by Emily Mongan, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the partial enforcement delay of its “two-midnight” rule, which was set to expire on September 30, 2015. The delay will now last through the end of this year until December 31. This Medicare policy requires patients to be hospitalized for two midnights before they qualify as an inpatient, which can allow beneficiaries to qualify for SNF coverage.

According to an August 13 FierceHealthFinance article by Zack Budryk, the postponement coincides with proposed changes to the short-stay rule that CMS issued in July.

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