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Emergency room doctors struggle with 2-midnight rule, observation status

from FierceHealthcare

From July 16: As hospitals across the nation face the complications involved with the two-midnight rule, emergency physicians may experience the most conflicts as they strive to balance patient needs with the federal government requirements for short inpatient stays. Emergency and internal medicine physicians often struggle to get the right designation and status for the patient, said Catherine Polera, M.D., chief clinical officer of the division of emergency medicine at Sheridan Healthcare, a national hospital-based, multispecialty practice management company. "They go through a dance and it's not as clear as you might think," said Polera. more

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