Monday, June 1, 2020

JAMA Article on Observation Stays Issue

Dana Ritchie

On May 26, 2020, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) included an article entitled, “The Continued Conundrum of Discharge to a Skilled Nursing Facility After a Medicare Observation Stay,” that notes the history of the Medicare observation stays issue along with recent COVID-19 policy developments. The authors stated their support for calling for immediate, permanent change with this issue – and that CMS should count observation stays toward the 3-day rule while simultaneously researching and subsequently replacing an arbitrary LOS with specific functional criteria for SNF care to determine eligibility. You can read the full article here.

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