Blog Shows Flow Chart for Two-Midnight Rule

Healthcare leaders can navigate compliance of CMS' new two-midnight rule through a new diagram, according to a Craneware blog post.

The diagram, which first appeared at Appeal Academcy, shows a step-by-step analysis of how hospitals can treat the two-midnight rule, which says hospitals will be reimbursed for full Part A services as long as the patient stays longer than two midnights.

The rule is designed to reduce long stays in outpatient and observation status.

The diagram notes a huge "gray area" for hospitals is when officials are uncertain if the inpatient is expected to be discharged within 24 hours.

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