"We are pleased that CMS has extended its enforcement moratorium on the two-midnight policy for an additional six months, as the AHA has urged," said Rick Pollack, the group's executive vice president.
"This action clearly recognizes that there are still many unanswered questions about the policy. At the same time, we continue to urge CMS to fix the critical flaws of the underlying policy by immediately engaging stakeholders to find a workable solution that addresses the reasonable and necessary inpatient-level services currently provided by hospitals to Medicare beneficiaries that are not expected to span two midnights."
Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association, says the physician group is urging CMS to revise or scrap the rule over the next six months.
"The AMA has been actively involved in issues surrounding hospital observation care and strongly opposes the two-midnight policy due to serious concerns about potential increased documentation burdens for physicians and financial liabilities for patients," she said in a prepared statement Monday.
"We recognize that these issues are causing tremendous difficulties for physicians and patients, and we will continue to work with stakeholders to pursue workable solutions during the additional time afforded by the delay issued by CMS."