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CMS proposes rolling back 2-midnight rule

The controversial 2-midnight rule may be no more following CMS' release of its latest proposed rule for the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS). When it was first put in place for fiscal year 2014, the 2-midnight rule established a benchmark for inpatient admissions where a Medicare Part A payment would be considered reasonable and necessary for patient stays that lasted at least two midnights. Stays that didn't reach that benchmark would be billed as outpatient services, which are covered by Medicare Part B and tend to result in lower hospital reimbursements.

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