MHA Today | March 22, 2016

March 22, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders


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In This Issue
CMS Provides Update On Next Generation ACO Model
FDA Proposes Ban On Powdered Gloves
CMS Releases New Survey And Certification Memo On Exit Conferences
NIH Convenes Workshop To Prevent Youth Suicide

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


CMS Provides Update On Next Generation ACO Model

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the second and final request for applications for the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model. CMS has outlined the following key due dates and is hosting a round of open door forums for those who might be interested in applying.

  • letter of intent submission extended to Monday, May 2
  • narrative portion of the application due Wednesday, May 25
  • applicant’s provider lists and geographic service area list due Friday, June 3

Upcoming open door forums include the following.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


FDA Proposes Ban On Powdered Gloves

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a regulatory ban on powdered surgery and patient examination gloves, as well as absorbable powder for lubricating medical gloves. The agency has determined that products are “dangerous and present an unreasonable and substantial risk.” The proposed regulation will be open for public comment through Monday, June 20.

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CMS Releases New Survey And Certification Memo On Exit Conferences

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has received questions on what degree of specificity surveyors should give during the exit conference to Medicare/Medicaid providers and suppliers regarding deficiencies found during federal surveys. The policy memo is relevant to all surveyors conducting all types of federal surveys. To address questions, provide additional clarity and ensure uniformity in the survey procedures, CMS has revised chapters two and five, and Appendix P in the State Operations Manual. MHA will update the survey manual guide to reflect these changes.

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Noteworthy


NIH Convenes Workshop To Prevent Youth Suicide

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

In 2014, suicide was the second leading cause of death for youth (ages 10 to 24), which resulted in 5,504 deaths in the U.S. The National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and the NIH Office of Disease Prevention are sponsoring a prevention workshop, March 29-30, in Bethesda, Md. A draft report that summarizes the workshop and identifies research gaps and future research priorities will be posted on the ODP website for public comment. After reviewing public comments, the panel will prepare a final report, which also will be posted on the ODP website. ODP federal partners will review the report and identify possible opportunities for collaboration.

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Consider This ...

Today is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. Diabetes kills more Americans each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. As many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Source: American Diabetes Association