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Medicare Needs to Pay for Some of Hospitals’ Discharge Delays, AHA Says

Hospitals are struggling to discharge patients in a timely manner, according to the American Hospital Association. This is often because there are no available spots for patients being transferred to outpatient facilities. To remedy the increased costs hospitals face as a result of this issue, an AHA exec said Medicare should establish a temporary per diem payment for cases in which a patient is ready for discharge but is unable to be discharged appropriately.