CMS Finalizes Controversial New Inpatient Admission Criteria

Law360, New York (August 5, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT) -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Friday finalized a controversial overhaul of hospital admission criteria that generally allows more lucrative payments for inpatient care only when visits cross at least two midnights, but regulators went to great lengths to carve out situations in which shorter stays can also qualify.

In a final rule covering hospital reimbursements, CMS said the switch to a two-midnight standard would provide more consistency and actually result in a $220 million uptick in payments for inpatient admissions, with those expenditures...
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