Tuesday, December 1, 2015

CMS Two-Midnight Rule and Comment Period

Dana Halvorson 

According to a November 30, 2015, article by Emily Mongan of McKnight’s, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is “seeking input on a section of its two-midnight policy that would cut inpatient payments to hospitals, after a judge ruled the cuts need to be better justified. CMS' request for comment follows a September ruling by a federal judge that required the Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] to reopen a portion of the two-midnight rule that would cut 0.2% from hospital inpatient payments.

HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell stated the cuts would help offset the estimated $220 million it would cost to move patients from outpatient to inpatient status under the two-midnight rule; hospitals objected, saying the cuts were unnecessary.” The comment deadline is 5pm EST on February 2, 2016, and the final notice will be published by CMS by March 18, 2016. More details about commenting can be found here in the Federal Register. 

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