MHA Today | February 25, 2016

February 25, 2016
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February 25, 2016

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In This Issue
State House Sends Bills to Senate
Missouri Senate Advances Legislation
MMAC Sends DRA Attestations To Providers
FSD Updates Matrix For Submitting Supporting Documentation
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
HIDI Releases Report On 2014 Average Hospital Charges For Medicare Patients
CMS Releases CART Paper Tools For Fourth Quarter 2015 Encounters
Improvement Guide And Toolkit Available For Critical Access Hospitals
BKD Offers Free Webinar On Rural Health Reimbursement Opportunities

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


State House Sends Bills to Senate

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri House of Representatives has given its final approval to several health-related bills. They now will be considered by the Senate. House Bill 1850 would authorize the development of a center for compiling and analyzing data regarding the health care workforce. H.B. 1387 would add severe combined immunodeficiency to the list of genetic and metabolic disorders included in the state’s requirements for newborn disease screening. H.B.l 1392 would change the frequency of state licensure inspection for hospices. H.B. 1565 would raise the value of assets that may be held without jeopardizing the Medicaid eligibility of aged, blind and disabled persons.

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Missouri Senate Advances Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The state Senate has given its final approval to several health-related bills, which now move to the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 621 would create new standards regarding the use of telemedicine. S.B. 581 addresses disclosure of price information by all providers and insurers. It also states that contracts between insurers and providers cannot prevent the patient from knowing the contracted amount if doing so impedes the patient’s assessment of the out-of-pocket cost for a service. S.B. 607 authorizes the use of a third-party contractor to verify recipients’ eligibility for public assistance programs.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MMAC Sends DRA Attestations To Providers

Staff Contact: Steve Renne

In compliance with the Deficit Reduction Act, Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance annually sends DRA Attestations to Medicaid providers receiving at least $5 million in annual Medicaid payments for the previous fiscal year. State regulation requires providers to complete the form and return it to MMAC by Tuesday, March 1.

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FSD Updates Matrix For Submitting Supporting Documentation

Staff Contact: Steve Renne

The Missouri Department of Social Services’ Family Support Division has provided the updated matrix used to triage applications and supporting documents for routing to the appropriate MAGI Processing Center and for use by trained processing caseworkers. The matrix includes suggested subject lines for email and fax submissions and a suggested format for the body of the submission.

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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.

  • alignment and simplification of quality measures
  • new educational web guides fast fact
  • provider enrollment revalidation call
  • EHR hardship exception application: new FAQ
  • CMS seeks public comments on draft quality measure development plan by March 1

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Report On 2014 Average Hospital Charges For Medicare Patients

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The Hospital Industry Data Institute's Average Hospital Charges for Medicare Patients Report, based on the 2014 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review file, is now available. The MedPAR file includes 100 percent of Medicare beneficiaries using short-stay hospital inpatient services. The report features fiscal year 2014 hospital-specific detail on Medicare DRG cost components, utilization and ranks. It also includes a comprehensive set of reports and associated data files.

This report is available as an a la carte offering and was also available as part of the 2015 Premier Reporting Package. For current Premier Reporting Package subscribers, the report can now be found on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the following location, with the following file name.

  • File Location: Finance and Policy/Premier Reports
  • File Name: MO0000_MEDPAR_2014.zip

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the 2016 HIDI Premier Reporting Package should review the package information. Hospitals interested in the a la carte offering of this report should contact HIDI.

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Quality And Population Health


CMS Releases CART Paper Tools For Fourth Quarter 2015 Encounters

MHA Staff Contacts: Dana Downing or Stephen Njenga

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the release of its abstraction and reporting tool (CART) paper tools for fourth quarter 2015 (Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015) encounters. The tools can be accessed on QualityNet.

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Improvement Guide And Toolkit Available For Critical Access Hospitals

MHA Staff Contacts: Dana Downing or Stephen Njenga

The National Rural Health Resources Center released a new quality improvement implementation guide and toolkit for critical access hospitals. The toolkit provides templates that can be used to improve internal process and help track real-time data. Toolkit implementation assistance is available from the Technical Assistance and Services Center at TASC@ruralcenter.org.

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Noteworthy


BKD Offers Free Webinar On Rural Health Reimbursement Opportunities

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

BKD is offering a free webinar designed to show how organizations can capture additional revenue by billing for chronic care management and advanced care planning services. Participants will learn about the new detailed UB-04 billing requirements, criteria for rural health clinic “qualifying visits” and the potential effects on cost reports. The webinar will be presented on Wednesday, March 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required.

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Consider This ...

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Source: CDC.gov



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