MHA Today | March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016
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In This Issue
CBO Releases 10-Year Updated Budget Projections
RHC Qualifying Visit List Expands
CMS Posts Second Quarter 2015 Benchmarks Of Care
MHA Reminds Hospitals Of Quality Measure Revisions


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CBO Releases 10-Year Updated Budget Projections

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Congressional Budget Office released its 2016 to 2026 budget projections, updating the projected amount of debt held by the public to 86 percent of the gross domestic product by 2026. If no further legislation is enacted this year, the CBO is projecting the fiscal year 2016 total deficit to be $534 billion. The CBO also released the projected amount of Medicare and Medicaid spending through 2026. MHA has published an issue brief with additional details.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


RHC Qualifying Visit List Expands

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services previously announced that beginning Friday, April 1, rural health clinics will be required to detail bill for services provided. Within the announcement, CMS provided a list of qualifying visits. CMS now has updated the qualifying visit list to include additional medically-necessary billable visits. Even though the revised list applies to services on April 1, RHCs are instructed to hold claims for billable visits added to the qualifying visit list until Saturday, Oct. 1.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Posts Second Quarter 2015 Benchmarks Of Care

Staff Contacts: Dana Downing or Stephen Njenga

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted the benchmarks of care for second quarter 2015 on QualityNet, located under the Hospitals - Inpatient or Hospitals - Outpatient dropdown menu within the website's navigation.

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MHA Reminds Hospitals Of Quality Measure Revisions

Staff Contact: Dana Downing

As previously reported, as a result of the October 2015 national conversion to ICD-10 and in response to member feedback, select quality transparency measures now will be reported from abstracted data instead of the Hospital Industry Data Institute-reported administrative data. Infection outcome reporting within the transparency initiative will use National Healthcare Safety Network data.

To date, 43 percent of members participating in the transparency initiative have conferred rights from NHSN to MHA. If a hospital reports to NHSN, conferring rights to MHA enables the abstracted data to be obtained by MHA without additional abstraction. If a hospital does not confer rights or does not report to NHSN, data for infection measures will not be displayed on the public transparency reporting website, Focus on Hospitals. The instructions for conferring rights to HIDI/MHA can be found online. The next data update is scheduled for May 2016.

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Consider This ...

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

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology