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ACMA Urges CMS To Address Observation Stays

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Yesterday ACMA, in partnership with the Observations Stays Coalition, sent a letter urging Administrator Verma and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to preserve Medicare beneficiaries' access to necessary skilled nursing care following a hospital stay. The letter, signed by 25 health care organizations, encouraged CMS to update the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual to allow any time spent in a hospital to count toward satisfying the SNF 3-day rule, regardless of whether the stay is administratively classified as inpatient, outpatient or outpatient observation status. The letter was submitted in response to a request for comments relating to the proposed FY 2018 SNF Prospective Payment System rule, and argues that CMS has both a clear pathway to resolve the problem and the authority needed to implement the solution. more

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