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Ways and Means hearing focuses on controversial 2-midnight rule

Tuesday’s House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health hearing on current hospital issues in the Medicare program demonstrated that there is broad agreement that last year’s “2-midnight rule” for determining hospital inpatient status in a more standardized way is not working as intended. Although the rule is currently suspended, the threat of it being enforced retroactively has hospitals being much more careful in assigning short-stay patients inpatient status and collecting the higher Medicare Part A inpatient rates…Read More


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