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Hospitals hope for relief from two-midnights purgatory
Modern Healthcare

The heavily criticized Medicare two-midnights rule involving short inpatient stays has technically been in effect for the past year. But providers, regulators and healthcare observers are not sure the rule will hold up in its current makeshift form.  

The two-midnights rule entered the healthcare vernacular last year after it was finalized in Medicare’s fiscal 2014 inpatient rule. But enforcement and details of the rule have been far from concrete since then. “It’s just been a lot of change and a lot of confusion for hospitals,” said Regan Tankersley, a healthcare attorney with Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman.