MHA Today | January 28, 2016

January 28, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders


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In This Issue
MHD Posts Hospice Rate Changes
CMS Releases Home Health Patient Experience Star Ratings
CDC Responds To Increased Hepatitis C In Dialysis Patients
HB 618 Expands Authorization To Complete Death Certificates
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CDC Provides Zika Virus Resources To Health Care Providers
USPSTF Releases Adult Depression Screening Recommendation
MFH Seeks Letters Of Interest For Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


MHD Posts Hospice Rate Changes

Staff Contact: Steve Renne

The MO HealthNet Division has provided hospital payment rates effective Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016. Rates continue to be based on the core-based statistical area. When services are provided outside the agency CBSA, hospice providers must use Attachment A for billing.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases Home Health Patient Experience Star Ratings

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its first patient experience of care star ratings on Home Health Compare. The star ratings report on patients’ experience of care and range from one star to five stars. Five stars represents the highest rating. More than 6,000 home health agencies will now have patient care experience star ratings.

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CDC Responds To Increased Hepatitis C In Dialysis Patients

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

Yesterday, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Advisory was released urging dialysis providers to assess and improve infection control practices to stop Hepatitis C virus transmission. The advisory is in response to the increased identification of HCV transmission in dialysis clinics.

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HB 618 Expands Authorization To Complete Death Certificates

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services’ Bureau of Vital Records released a notification of Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri through the passage of HB 618 (2015). The amended state statute allows physician assistants, assistant physicians and advanced practice registered nurses in a collaborative practice agreement to complete and sign the medical certification portion of a Missouri death certificate using the electronic vital records system. Additional training is available online.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act: connecting post-acute care across the care continuum call
  • MLN publications and multimedia — suite of products and resources for the following.
    • billers and coders
    • compliance officers
    • educators and students
    • inpatient hospitals
  • CMS’ guide to preventing readmissions among racially and ethnically diverse Medicare beneficiaries
  • prior authorization for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies items: FAQs on the final rule


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Quality and Population Health


CDC Provides Zika Virus Resources To Health Care Providers

Staff Contacts: Alison Williams or Jaclyn Gatz

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made Zika virus resources available to health care providers as the virus continues to spread throughout the Americas. Zika is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. While only 1 in 5 people infected with the mosquito borne virus will get sick, the CDC is cautioning pregnant woman because the virus may be linked to birth defects. Interim guidelines have been issued for providers caring for infants born to mothers who traveled or lived in an area where the virus was present during their pregnancy.

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USPSTF Releases Adult Depression Screening Recommendation

Staff Contacts: Alison Williams or Jessica Rowden

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a final recommendation statement on depression screening for adults. The task force recommends that clinicians screen all adults for depression, and finds evidence that screening in the primary care setting is beneficial. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation is available. The statement also can be found in the Jan. 26 online issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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MFH Seeks Letters Of Interest For Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

The Missouri Foundation for Health is seeking letters of interest to participate in its Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative. The initiative is a community-driven collaborative effort to improve infant vitality by reducing infant mortality (the death of an infant less than one year of age). The funding opportunity is open to organizations serving women, infants and families in either St. Louis or the southeastern Missouri counties of Stoddard, Scott, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Dunklin or Mississippi.

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Consider This ...

Generalized anxiety disorder affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1 percent of the U.S. population, in any given year. Women are twice as likely to be affected.

Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America



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