Bipartisan Senate Bill Aims For 2-Midnight Rule Clarity

Law360, New York (March 7, 2014, 2:31 PM EST) -- Bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday in the U.S. Senate would force federal regulators to develop clear criteria and separate payments for short inpatient admissions that don't cross a controversial two-midnight threshold, winning quick acclaim from hospitals that have torched the new policy.

The Two-Midnight Rule Coordination and Improvement Act, S. 2082, would require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create guidelines that “account for medical necessity and the appropriateness” of brief inpatient stays. Those guidelines would be put forward in CMS' annual proposed rule on...
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