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Two-Midnight Rule Enforcement Freeze Extension Pending
HealthLeaders Media

After a year-long enforcement freeze, hospitals want to keep two-midnight Rule audits on ice.

“The two midnight rule is an arbitrary, time-based benchmark,” Priya Bathija, says senior associate director of policy at the Chicago-based American Hospital Association. “Before two midnights, [admission to the hospital] was always the physician’s decision based on medical judgment: a patient’s medical history, the facilities available, the risk of an adverse event, diagnostic testing, and consultation with the patient.”

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