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CMS extends enforcement delay for ‘two-midnight’ rule
Modern Healthcare

The CMS has extended its enforcement delay for the controversial “two-midnight” rule governing short hospital stays to fall in line with recently proposed changes to the policy.

The agency proposed in July that the rule be modified to allow physicians to exercise judgment to admit patients for short stays on a case-by-case basis. An enforcement delay, passed by Congress in legislation replacing Medicare’s payment formula for doctors, was set to expire on Sept. 30.

The CMS said on its website Wednesday that it would extend the delay through the end of the year.