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2-Midnight Benchmark for Inpatient Hospital Admissions
2-Midnight Rule

This MLN Connects™ National Provider Call provides an overview of the inpatient hospital admission and medical review criteria (also known as the 2-Midnight Rule) that was released on August 2, 2013 in the FY 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System/Long-Term Care Hospital final rule (CMS-1599-F). CMS presents case scenarios on the application of the rule to sample medical records. Following the presentation, CMS will address frequently asked questions received from providers.

Important Disclaimer: Physician certification requirements have been modified to apply in fewer inpatient cases.  Please see the CY 2015 OPPS final rule (79 FR 66997-66999) for more details.

When: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Time:    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Target Audience: Hospitals, physicians and non-physician practitioners, case managers, medical and specialty societies, and other healthcare professionals.


  • Summary of the 2-Midnight Rule
  • Case example presentation
  • Question and answer session

Call Materials:

Slide Presentation [PDF, 281KB]

Audio Recording [ZIP, 19MB]

Written Transcript [PDF, 532KB]

Post Call Transcript Clarification [PDF, 157KB]

To register for an MLN Connects National Provider Call, please visit the CMS MLN Connects Upcoming Calls registration website.

For More Information:
More information is available on the Inpatient Hospital Review web page at