Hospitals building short-stay spaces within facilities

June 12, 2017

The CMS two-midnight rule and other financial incentives have spurred hospitals to classify more stays as outpatient observation and build new short-stay spaces within their facilities, according to an article on the Health Facilities Management website.

Settings that can house short-stay patients include observation units (OUs), post-procedural areas and universal care units (UCUs).

For instance, At Kettering Indu & Raj Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek, Ohio, the 20-bed UCU is central to multiple feeder departments, but has no exterior views or windows.

 A skylit interior garden provides respite for waiting families just outside the unit.

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