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Going From Skip Days to Interrupted Stays

By Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA - May 01, 2019

Mr. Jones admitted to Happy Acres Nursing Home on Original Medicare a couple of weeks ago, but an acute exacerbation of his COPD has resulted in an emergency room visit and an overnight stay for observation. The nurse assessment coordinator is closely watching the clock to see if Mr. Jones will return within 24 hours from discharge to meet the “midnight rule.” As another hour passes and more than 24 hours has elapsed, the NAC knows she must complete both an OBRA and a Part A PPS Discharge assessment. And for now—until October—her thinking is correct. Once the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is implemented though, all of this will change with the “interrupted stay” policy.