Healthcare News & Insights

Court: Feds must clarify part of ‘two-midnight’ rule

Hospitals fearing trouble from the feds’ pending “two-midnight” rule may end up with a bit of a reprieve. A court ruled the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must provide hospitals with a better explanation of the rule – or it could be voided entirely. 

Law will require hospitals to disclose observation status

A new bill making its way through Congress will change how hospitals interact with Medicare patients when they’re admitted under observation. And with nearly unanimous support, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes law. 

Bill could change Medicare payment policies

A new bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives could bring about some big changes in how hospitals get paid by Medicare in the next few years.

Spike in hospital observation stays despite two-midnight rule

Medicare’s controversial two-midnight or “Cinderella” rule, aimed at saving money by reducing the number of hospital observation stays, is doing just the opposite.

AHA’s battle over two-midnight rule rages on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “two-midnight” rule hasn’t been popular with hospitals since way before it went into effect on Oct. 1, 2013. But now the American Hospital Association (AHA) is challenging the rule by filing two federal lawsuits. 

Two-midnight rule: Hospitals catch a much-needed break

Good news: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has given hospitals another reprieve when it comes to the unpopular and controversial “two-midnight” rule.