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CMS delays two-midnight rule

from Becker's Hospital Review

CMS has delayed the two-midnight rule through Sept. 30 after fierce opposition came from hospitals, physicians and other healthcare groups. The two-midnight rule is a new regulation included in the 2014 Medicare inpatient prospective payment rule. According to a CMS update, the enforcement of the two-midnight rule will not begin until this October. This means Medicare administrative contractors and recovery auditors will not conduct two-midnight post-payment reviews of claims with admissions dates between Oct. 1, 2013, and Oct. 1, 2014. more

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