The 2-midnight rule may get a little tweak if the proposals in CMS' 2016 OPPS proposed rule comes to fruition. The rule proposes that physicians now be granted a little more flexibility when it comes to ordering inpatient admissions, even when the stay is expected to be less than two midnights?provided of course that the stay is justifiable from a medical standpoint and the physician clearly documents his or her thinking on the case.
Starting a population health program can not only help organizations improve patient health, but can also help a hospital's bottom line by reducing readmissions and cutting down on costly emergency department visits. But many case managers may wonder what it takes to get a population health program off the ground.
When you're starting a population health program, a critical component is information?the data you collect to assess patient risk factors. Having a computer system to sort through information and help you identify high-risk patients is a huge asset to any program, says Gavin Malcolm, LCSW, director of Population Health for Broward Health ACO Services in Florida. "You have to be able to access and manage data to be successful," he says.