Q&A: Review of Cases Lasting Less Than Two Midnights
Q: What should the utilization review (UR) committee look for when an inpatient stay is less than two midnights?
A: If there are fewer than two midnights of care after the inpatient order is written (i.e., less than a 2-midnight stay), the UR reviewer should determine if one of the following situations applies to the patient’s stay:
An inpatient-only procedure
- One or more medically necessary midnights of outpatient care resulting in at least a 2-midnight stay
- One or more medically necessary midnights of care at another hospital prior to transfer resulting in at least a 2-midnight stay
- Unforeseen death, transfer, departure against medical advice, or election of hospice
- Unexpected improvement
For more information, see the Patient Status Training Toolkit for Utilization Review.