News & Analysis

April 23, 2018
Medicare Web

Under what circumstances would it be appropriate for a patient who does not meet inpatient criteria to be registered as outpatient receiving observation services?

February 1, 2018
Medicare Insider

This week's note clarifies the rules, regulations, and provider considerations to take into accounting following CMS' decision to remove total knee arthroplasty from the inpatient-only list. 

January 19, 2018
Case Management Monthly

The 2-midnight rule was designed to simplify decisions on whether to order inpatient or outpatient observation services for patients and to reduce the volume of observation cases. However, some hospitals and healthcare systems have reported that the rule has actually increased confusion around level of care, without lowering observation volumes.

December 21, 2017
Medicare Insider

This week's note provides an overview of the eligibility, scope of coverage, effective dates, premiums, and cost-sharing amount policies under the four parts of Medicare. . 

December 4, 2017
Medicare Web

We found out after an observation patient was discharged that one of the procedures performed was an inpatient-only procedure. Can we bill this to Medicare without an official inpatient order on the medical record?

October 2, 2017
Case Management Monthly

Mrs. X, a 30-year-old pregnant mother of two with a supportive husband, is admitted to a Midwest rural hospital. She delivers the baby soon after, and the birth is uneventful.