CMS Guidance and Clarification for Critical Access Hospitals about Annual Average 96-hour Patient Length of Stay Calculations to Account for the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE)
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Critical Access Hospitals
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a memorandum to provide guidance and clarification about the requirement that Medicare-certified critical access hospitals (CAHs) are required to meet an annual average 96-hour patient length of stay standard for acute inpatient care (42 CFR §485.620(b)).
During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), this requirement for CAHs was waived under section 1135 of the Social Security Act. This blanket waiver was in effect from Marc…Sign Up for Free Trial