MHA Today | April 20, 2016

April 20, 2016
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In This Issue
CMS Delays Star Rating Of Overall Hospital Quality
FRA Reauthorization Bill Advances
House Approves Hospital Helipad Bill
Legislators Enact New Pharmacy Law
CMS Releases MA Quality Data For Racial And Ethnic Minorities
CMS Announces IQR Education Session
CPS Publishes Patient Safety Report
DHSS Issues Funding Opportunity For State-Designated Ebola Assessment Hospitals

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CMS Delays Star Rating Of Overall Hospital Quality

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will delay its release of star ratings of overall hospital quality on its Hospital Compare website. The release was scheduled for Thursday, April 21, but now will be delayed until July. As reported previously, 60 U.S. Senators and 225 U.S. Representatives signed letters asking CMS to delay the release.

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FRA Reauthorization Bill Advances

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The state House of Representatives has given first-round approval to House Bill 1534. The bill would reauthorize the Federal Reimbursement Allowance and the other state provider taxes for two years, through Sept. 30, 2018.

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House Approves Hospital Helipad Bill

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

A House committee has reviewed and approved Senate Bill 988. The bill bars the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from requiring fencing or other barriers around a hospital helipad or otherwise regulating hospital helipad construction or operation. Hospitals must ensure their helipads are free of obstruction and safe for use while a medical helicopter is approaching, taking off or on the helipad.

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Legislators Enact New Pharmacy Law

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The General Assembly has completed its enactment of Senate Bill 875. If approved by the Governor, the new law will permit pharmacists to substitute a less expensive biological product for a brand-name product if the federal Food and Drug Administration views the two products as interchangeable, the prescriber has authorized substitution and the patient has been informed. The Missouri Board of Pharmacy will provide a web-based link to a list of biological products deemed by the FDA to be interchangeable.

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CMS Releases MA Quality Data For Racial And Ethnic Minorities

Staff Contacts: Andrew Wheeler or Leslie Porth

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health released data detailing the quality of care received by people with Medicare Advantage by racial or ethnic group. The data presented analyze the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set and the Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey data. The data is currently not used in the star rating programs or for payment purposes. Cara James, Ph.D., Director of the CMS Office of Minority Health stated, “This is the first time that CMS has released Medicare Advantage data stratified by race and ethnicity. Increasing understanding and awareness of disparities and their causes is the first step of our path to equity. While these data do not tell us why differences exist, they show where we have problems and can help spur efforts to understand what can be done to reduce or eliminate these differences.”

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces IQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The next outreach and education webinar for participants in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program is scheduled at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. The webinar, titled “Federal Update and Discussion: Section 1311(h) of the Affordable Care Act – Patient Safety Standards,” will provide information on recent updates regarding implementation of patient safety standards. Registration is required.

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CPS Publishes Patient Safety Report

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

The Center for Patient Safety published its 2015 Annual Patient Safety Report highlighting why medical errors occur and how to prevent them, particularly across the care continuum. The report summarizes events reported to the organization in 2015 so that health care organizations can learn from each other and improve patient safety as a community.

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DHSS Issues Funding Opportunity For State-Designated Ebola Assessment Hospitals

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response issued Ebola supplemental funding to states to provide activities, training and exercises to prepare and respond to Ebola and other highly infectious diseases. Yesterday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services released Request for Application #1603 for state-designated Ebola Assessment Hospitals. DHSS received a total of $950,000 to contract with licensed acute-care hospitals in Missouri. Bids are due Thursday, May 19. Questions should be directed to Janett Walker at Janett.Walker@health.mo.gov or 573-751-6032.

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Consider This ...

The uninsured rate for children under age 18 fell by about 68 percent between the launch of the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997 and September of 2015.

Source: Urban Institute