Viewpoints: Problems With Medicare’s Three-Day Rule; Politics, Premiums And Obamacare

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

The Boston Globe:
Unfair To Patients: Medicare’s Three-Day Rule 
Increasingly, hospitals have chosen to keep some patients … under observation — rather than formally admitting them — for days on end. Administrators hope to avoid the heightened attention that inpatient admissions can bring from private auditors hired by Medicare to root out what they consider excessive spending. Patients can become pawns in this game that pits providers against payers. For reasons that only a bureaucrat could attempt to justify, hours spent under observation don’t count toward the three days of care needed to trigger Medicare coverage for post-hospitalization nursing home care. (8/15)

The Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Sicker Shock
Hillary Clinton admits she’s running to extend the Obama legacy, and so far she’s had a free ride in defending it. She hasn’t even had to explain the increasingly …
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