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Blog: Do patients held for observation skew performance on quality measures?
Modern Healthcare

Just how much success have hospitals had in their efforts to prevent patients from returning soon after leaving? Perhaps not as much as reported, two physicians argue at the blog for health policy journal Health Affairs.

Why? Because Medicare patients who end up in hospital beds for observation technically do not count as repeat visitors.

The number of patients who are held for observation has grown, as has been widely reported, as Medicare began to audit short hospital visits and deny full payment for admissions.