CMS holds firm on disputed two-midnight pay cut to hospitals

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 01, 2015

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, Southcoast consider merger

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 21, 2015

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.

Ohio hospitals sue HHS over two-midnight pay cut

By Lisa Schencker  |  November 17, 2015

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.

Medicare will pay physicians for end-of-life care planning

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 31, 2015

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.

Judge tells HHS to revisit two-midnight rule's inpatient pay cut

By Lisa Schencker  |  September 22, 2015

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.

Retooled two-midnight rule gets mixed reviews

Retooled two-midnight rule gets mixed reviews

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 01, 2015

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.

Providers back bill alerting Medicare patients about observation stays

Providers back bill alerting Medicare patients about observation stays

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 01, 2015

Healthcare providers are expressing support for legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress that would require hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are under observation care in a hospital but have not been admitted. Some observers, however, say the measure doesn't address the...

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.

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