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Senators Hear How Two-Midnight Rule Harms Patients, Hospitals
HealthLeaders Media

On Medicare’s 49th anniversary Wednesday, a Senate panel heard testimony from caregivers and hospital administrators about the costly consequences of the federal program’s unclear definitions of “inpatient” and “outpatient.”

A Massachusetts resident described how her 92-year-old husband’s nursing home stay wasn’t covered by Medicare because, though he’d been in the hospital during the prior 10 days, the hospital didn’t consider him an inpatient for the minimum period two midnights.