MHA Today | April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016
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In This Issue
HIDI HealthStats — Diabetes And Health Equity
CMS Releases Supplement To IQR Specifications Manual
CMS Announces IPFQR Webinar
NHSN Updates 2016 Training Materials
MHA Publishes Quality Resource Brief
MHA Award Reminder: Trustee Of The Year
Vlosich To Leave Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

What You Need To Know This Week


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HIDI HealthStats — Diabetes And Health Equity

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

HIDI HealthStats, April 2016 The April issue of HIDI HealthStats discusses how diabetes affects Missouri communities differently and the opportunities that arise to promote health equity. Geographically in the U.S., the age-adjusted rates of diabetes are highest in the South and Midwest, and lowest in the Northeast and West. In 2010, the percent of adults in the Midwest with medically-diagnosed diabetes was 7.9 percent, which was 25.4 percent higher than the Northeast region and marked a four-year growth rate of 11.3 percent.

Geographically in Missouri, the highest overall rates of diabetes diagnosis during a hospital visit in 2015 were in Iron and Jasper counties, where 6.6 and 6.2 percent of the total adult population experienced a diagnosis last year. The county-level rates of hospital-based diabetes diagnoses for black adults in Missouri were significantly higher than the total adult population for the majority of counties with at least 100 black adult residents in 2015. In particular, more than one out of every 10 black adults in Monroe and Pettis counties were diagnosed with diabetes during a hospital visit last year. High diagnosis rates for the black population also were observed in Lincoln, Warren, Lafayette, Bates and Jasper counties, where more than 8 percent of the total black adult population experienced a hospital-based diabetes diagnosis during 2015.

Evaluating the major metropolitan areas at the census-tract level revealed that the rate of hospital visits for diabetes per 1,000 in 2015 closely resembled the racial composition of the community. The average diabetes-related hospital utilization rate for census tracts with a majority black population was 125 visits per 1,000. For census tracts with a minority black population (less than 50 percent), the rate fell by more than half to just 56.8 visits per 1,000 total population.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Releases Supplement To IQR Specifications Manual

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission have determined that a supplement is required to the Specifications Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures Version 5.1, for implementation with acute inpatient discharges effective July 1 through Dec. 31, 2016. Included in the release notes to the supplement is the addition of changes for the discharge disposition element in both the severe sepsis and septic shock decision boxes/branches of the algorithm. The supplemental document can be accessed on QualityNet.

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CMS Announces IPFQR Webinar

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The next national provider webinar for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program is scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5. The webinar, titled “FY 2017 IPF PPS Proposed Rule,” will summarize the proposed major updates to the IPFQR program quality measure requirements and the proposed non-measure changes as outlined in the fiscal year 2017 IPF PPS proposed rule. Registration is required.

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NHSN Updates 2016 Training Materials

Staff Contacts: Dana Dahl or Stephen Njenga

The National Healthcare Safety Network has posted new 2016 training materials, which are available online.

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MHA Publishes Quality Resource Brief

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga

MHA has published a quality resource brief titled, “Using Data to Drive Improvement.” The brief is the first in a series that will provide a basic understanding about the application of statistics that are necessary to evaluate and improve care delivery. A step-by-step process to complete basic statistic functions using Excel is provided.

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Noteworthy


MHA Award Reminder: Trustee Of The Year

Staff Contact: Nick Nichols

After 30 years of hospital trustee recognition through the Excellence in Governance Awards, MHA has created a new program to elevate the recognition of hospital trustee service. The call for nominations for Trustee of the Year is open. Visit MHA’s website for more information and to submit a nomination. One urban and one rural trustee may be selected from among the nominations. Applications must be received by Friday, May 20.

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CEO Announcements


Vlosich To Leave Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Wade Vlosich, Director of Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia since January 2014, has been appointed to the position of Director for the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System. He will start his new assignment in late May. Robert Ritter, Associate Director, will serve as Interim Director until a permanent replacement is named. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

According to the American Nurses Association, 445,000 registered nurses (15.7 percent) live in rural areas.

Source: American Nurses Association