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Medicare change may cost patients: New 'two midnights' admissions rule affects hospitals, too

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For many Medicare patients at the hospital, phrases like "inpatient" and "observation status" can easily blend in undetected with all the other medical and insurance lingo echoing around the halls.

After all, either of those labels may translate to a bed in an inpatient unit, physician care, scans, medications and hospital food.

But when unexpected bills start arriving weeks later, that label could make all the difference.

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