Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Waiving the Three-Day Stay Rule: Study Finds Admissions and Length-Of-Stay at Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities did not Increase

Dana Halvorson

Last week, Lisa Rapaport of Reuters Health reported in an article that, “A decades old Medicare rule requiring a three-day hospital stay before patients can transfer to skilled nursing facilities may needlessly prolong hospitalizations, a study suggests. Researchers compared the average time patients were hospitalized between 2006 and 2010 in privately administered Medicare Advantage health plans that either stuck to this rule or allowed people to transfer to skilled nursing facilities sooner. Lengths of hospital stays increased with the rule in place and declined when it was waived, the study found.”

The abstract of the study, entitled Waiving The Three-Day Rule: Admissions And Length-Of-Stay At Hospitals And Skilled Nursing Facilities Did Not Increase and published in Health Affairs, can be found here. For more information about observation stays and the three-day stay requirement, please visit the AHCA/NCAL website.   

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