Medicaid

Providers Get Short Reprieve on New CMS Two-Midnight Rule on Hospital Stays

The new CMS “Two-Midnight Rule,” which is intended to provide greater clarity regarding when inpatient hospital admissions are generally appropriate for Medicare Part A payment, goes into effect today. However, in order to address widespread concern among hospitals and doctors about the new rule, CMS officials announced last Thursday that government recovery auditors will delay scrutiny of short inpatient stays for 90 days while providers get acclimated to the new policy.

Providers Get Short Reprieve on New CMS Two-Midnight Rule on Hospital Stays

The new CMS “Two-Midnight Rule,” which is intended to provide greater clarity regarding when inpatient hospital admissions are generally appropriate for Medicare Part A payment, goes into effect today.

Senator Hatch’s 5 Ideas to Reduce Federal Health Care Spending

Senator Orrin Hatch spoke on the floor of the Senate at the end of last week about the need for health entitlement reforms to be part of a deficit reduction package.  As Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid, Senator Hatch’s speech is an important addition to the discussion around reforming federal health spending.  According to a press release, Hatch said:

Not everyone wins – Hospitals Bear the Burden of the “Doc Fix”

Doctors will not see a 26.5% cut in Medicare payments this year. The fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress includes a one-year delay on planned cuts in Medicare payments to physicians. But, the fix is not free. Hospitals will be required to pick up the tab.

No State-Run Health Insurance Exchange or Medicaid Expansion in Alabama

Governor Bentley told the Birmingham Business Alliance today that he would not set up a state-run health insurance exchange, and he will not expand Medicaid as provided under health care reform.

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