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More than 100 House members ask CMS to delay ‘two midnight’ rule
Modern Healthcare

Just days before a controversial rule on outpatient observation care goes into effect, more than 100 members of the U.S. House have signed a letter asking CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to put the brakes on the policy.

Led by U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), the bipartisan group of lawmakers say the so-called “two midnight” rule will subject many Medicare patients to higher out-of-pocket costs for hospitalization and post-acute skilled-nursing care because the rule presumes that patients expected to be in the hospital for fewer than two days should have been admitted to observation, not inpatient care.