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Observation, Two-Midnight Rules Hit in Hearing
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Hospital officials and a Medicare advocate expressed their extreme frustration with Medicare’s two-midnight and observation rules before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health hearing Tuesday, saying that not only are the policies not working, they’ve also added huge costs and quality issues for providers and patients.

“We know the two-midnight rule was spawned out of an attempt to limit lengthy stays and add clarity to the definition of an inpatient,” said Amy Deutschendorf, senior director of clinical resource management at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.