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Hospitalists weigh in on observation status

from ACMA

From Aug. 13: The Society for Hospital Medicine (SHM) recently released a white paper regarding observation status and the new two-midnight rule. In the paper, SHM reports that only 17 percent of hospitalists surveyed believe the two-midnight rule is an improvement over previous observation policies, while 55 percent believe it has impeded hospitalist workflow. Survey results, based on the responses from more than 300 hospitalists, also found that doctors change the status of 16 percent of their patients daily. more

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