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CMS hints at changes in 'two-midnight' rule

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 18, 2015

The CMS is studying how and whether to replace its controversial “two-midnight” payment policy for short hospital stays in response to vigorous and persistent complaints from the provider community.

Hospitals seek extension of 'two-midnight' moratorium

By Paul Demko  |  March 21, 2015

Hospitals are lobbying for an extension of the moratorium on enforcement of the “two-midnight” policy for short hospital stays that expires at the end of the month. They're hoping Congress will include the extension in action it takes this month on the Medicare physician-payment formula.

Hospitals' admissions still declining

By Rachel Landen  |  January 03, 2015

Inpatient admissions at many hospital systems across the country continued to decline during the third quarter of 2014, with volumes at least partly attributed to healthcare reform.

RACs are back, at least through 2015

By Bob Herman  |  January 03, 2015

The four private companies that run Medicare's recovery audit program will have their contracts extended through 2015. But it's unclear what types of medical reviews or claims are going to be eligible for auditing.

Hospital admissions still declining

Hospital admissions still declining

By Rachel Landen  |  December 31, 2014

Inpatient admissions at many hospital systems across the country continued to decline during the third quarter of 2014, with changes tied to healthcare reform partially to blame for weakened volumes.

Can MedPAC make the two-midnight rule go away?

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 18, 2014

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is mulling trying to solve the conundrum posed by the widely panned “two-midnight rule” by eliminating the outpatient observation claims that gave rise to it.

Hospital Sisters Health System's operating margin sinks

By Bob Herman  |  October 28, 2014

Hospital Sisters Health System, a 13-hospital network headquartered in Springfield, Ill., barely kept its head above water in its most recent fiscal year as declining admissions and rising expenses ate away at revenue.

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