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CMS Transcript of Two-Midnight Conference Call Provides Additional Insights
CMS to host ODF for rural health providers on Nov. 13

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the attached transcript from its Sept. 26 special open door forum (ODF) regarding the new inpatient admission and medical review criteria commonly referred to as the two-midnight rule. On the call, CMS read frequently asked questions and attempted to clarify a number of questions unaddressed in recent guidance, including the 96-hour rule for critical access hospitals (CAH). CMS has announced a rural health ODF for Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. – noon (PT) that will further clarify guidance on the CAH 96-hour rule. The ODF agenda also includes discussion on rural health clinic contracting policies proposed in the federally qualified health center prospective payment system proposed rule. To participate, dial (800) 837-1935 and reference conference ID 70964241.  

CHA anticipates CMS will schedule another national ODF for early next week to discuss the guidance that was released yesterday. Updates and additional information will be provided in CHA News and at