MHA Today | March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016
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In This Issue
CMS Announces Next Generation ACO Model
Federal Budget Deficit Reduction Group Issues Recommendations
TJC Announces Updates To The Physical Environment Portal
Government Accountability Office Releases Reports
MHA Announces Visionary Leadership Award Call For Nominations
IOM Releases New Report About Social Determinants
CDC Lists Top 10 Public Health Problems And Concerns
James Announces Resignation From Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center


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CMS Announces Next Generation ACO Model

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center announced the second and final round of applications for the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model. The model builds on the experience from the Pioneer ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The Next Generation ACO Model is one that sets predictable financial targets, enables providers and beneficiaries greater opportunities to coordinate care, and aims to attain the highest quality standards of care. CMS posted a letter of intent, a request for applications, instructions for preparing and submitting an LOI, FAQs and a benchmarking methodology paper for performance years two and three. The narrative portion of the application must be electronically submitted no later than 10:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 25.

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Federal Budget Deficit Reduction Group Issues Recommendations

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a not-for-profit advocacy group, has recommended congressional consideration of various proposals to reduce the federal deficit. The list includes various Medicare and Medicaid payment changes. It does not include a reduction in the federal cap on state provider taxes, which has been proposed in past budget discussions.

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TJC Announces Updates To The Physical Environment Portal

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Joint Commission has identified 25 life safety and environment of care elements of performance that have been frequently cited during survey activity throughout the last four years. The Physical Environment Portal, in partnership with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, is available on TJC’s website and will provide information to reduce findings of non-compliance.

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Government Accountability Office Releases Reports

Staff Contact: Steven Renne

Today, the Government Accountability Office released the following reports and highlights.
Medicaid: Federal Guidance Needed to Address Concerns About Distribution of Supplemental Payments


Provider Networks: Comparison of Child-Focused Network Adequacy Standards Between CHIP and Private Health Plans

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Quality And Population Health


MHA Announces Visionary Leadership Award Call For Nominations

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

The 2016 MHA Visionary Leadership Award call for nominations is open, and nominations must be received by Friday, May 6. The award recognizes innovative service and program initiatives led by the CEO that result in improved clinical and population-based health outcomes. Focus areas include access to quality care within the community, improved clinical outcomes, care coordination between the community and acute care settings of chronic diseases, improved safety outcomes, or partnerships to address population-health issues.

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IOM Releases New Report About Social Determinants

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

Today, the Institute of Medicine released a new report providing a new population health framework. The purpose of the report is to educate health care professionals on the effect of social determinants as a root cause to ill health and poor health outcomes. It further provides strategies for health care professionals to address social determinants for underserved individuals, communities and populations.

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Noteworthy


CDC Lists Top 10 Public Health Problems And Concerns

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control updated its prevention status reports last week. The reports highlight 10 important public health issues that occur in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. State public health policies and practices are organized in a format that is easy to use for public health professionals, community leaders and policymakers. The reports allow these individuals to understand their state's status and identify improvement areas.

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CEO Announcements


James Announces Resignation From Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Ken James, Market CEO of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, announced his resignation, effective March 31. He has accepted a position with Tennova Healthcare – Harton, a hospital in Tullahoma, Tenn. The search for his successor is underway. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Each year, nearly 25,000 Americans visit the emergency room due to a workplace eye injury.

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