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Study finds shift toward ‘observation cases’
Modern Healthcare

The ratio of observation stays to hospital inpatient admissions jumped by 34% over a two-year period, leaving Medicare patients exposed to more out-of-pocket costs, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs.

A growing concern over auditing and penalties has led many hospitals to deem their Medicare patients as less expensive “observation cases,” which has resulted in both confusion and higher costs for Medicare patients.