MHA Today | February 1, 2016

February 1, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders


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In This Issue
CMS Proposes Update To ACO Benchmark Methodology
CMS Requests Public Comments For Two Quality Measures
MO HealthNet Changes Precertification Requirements


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CMS Proposes Update To ACO Benchmark Methodology

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule that will update the methodology used to calculate accountable care organization benchmarks. Comments are due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. MHA has published an issue brief with additional details.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Requests Public Comments For Two Quality Measures

Staff Contacts: Dana Downing or Stephen Njenga

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is requesting public comment for Influenza Immunization and Access to Quality Advance Care Planning measures from hospital stakeholders and organizations by Wednesday, Feb. 24. CMS has posted specifications and additional information for draft electronic versions. Comments can be submitted online.

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Noteworthy


MO HealthNet Changes Precertification Requirements

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson, Steve Renne or Kim Duggan

The MO HealthNet Hot Tip of the Week, "Echocardiography Procedures Will No Longer Require Precertification Effective February 1, 2016," has been posted to the MO HealthNet website. There you will find a complete listing of CPT codes that no longer require precertification.

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Consider This ...

In the U.S., organ transplants reached a milestone in 2015 by exceeding 30,000.

Source: Midwest Transplant Network



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