While hospitals are celebrating the Obama administration's surrender on the Medicare pay cut tied to the two-midnight rule, they're seething over a proposal to nearly double the expected payment reduction meant to recoup overpayments from incorrect coding.
The CMS will not continue to impose an inpatient payment cut to hospitals under the two-midnight rule following ongoing industry criticism and a legal challenge.
The number of hospitals filing lawsuits against HHS over cuts to inpatient payments under the two-midnight rule continues to grow, despite the CMS' firm resistance to erasing the reduction.
The CMS is standing behind the cut to inpatient pay rates under the two-midnight rule despite ongoing legal battles with hospitals over the reduction. That doesn't bode well for hospitals' efforts to persuade courts to reverse the cut, legal experts say.
Care New England Health System of Providence, R.I., and Southcoast Health System of New Bedford, Mass., announced last week that they are exploring a merger.
Six Ohio hospitals are suing HHS over a part of the two-midnight rule that would cut inpatient payments to hospitals.
Six Ohio hospitals are suing HHS over a part of the two-midnight rule that would cut inpatient payments to hospitals, arguing the agency didn't follow the proper rulemaking process in issuing it.
The CMS will pay physicians to help Medicare patients plan the type of care they want at the end of life, an idea that touched off the “death panel” controversy six years ago, but which has since gained broader acceptance.
The CMS is standing by the controversial two-midnight rule and will not be implementing changes proposed by industry and policy stakeholders, including a popular suggestion to create a one-midnight rule.
A federal judge handed hospitals a partial win Monday when he ruled the HHS secretary must provide better justification for the part of the much maligned two-midnight rule that would cut inpatient payments to hospitals. The judge also ordered HHS to re-open that part of the rule to comments.
Providers and policy experts are split on the Obama administration's proposal to salvage the controversial two-midnight rule with a series of modifications intended to mollify its many critics. Some influential stakeholders still want it killed.
The CMS paid out $1.3 billion to more than 1,900 hospitals as of June 1 as part of its efforts to clear out the Medicare payment-appeals process. But the fight over Medicare appeals has only intensified.