House Bill Would Eliminate 4-Day Rule For Remote Hospitals

Law360, New York (February 6, 2014, 5:51 PM EST) -- Four U.S. representatives on Tuesday introduced a bill intended to expand Medicare and Medicaid patients' access to health care by removing a requirement that remote hospitals transfer patients needing more than four days of treatment to more centralized facilities.

The Critical Access Hospital Relief Act would remove a rule that denies payment for services if physicians at so-called critical-access hospitals — a designation given to facilities more than 35 miles from another hospital, or more than 15 miles away if the route crosses mountainous terrain and...
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