MHA Today | May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016
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In This Issue
CMS Publishes Fire Safety Requirements Final Rule
CMS Reminds IPFs Of HCP Submission Deadline
Nursing, Pharmacy And Medical Schools Pledge To Educate On Opioid Crisis


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CMS Publishes Fire Safety Requirements Final Rule

Staff Contacts: Jackie Gatz or Sarah Willson

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a final rule to update health care facilities’ fire protection guidelines. The rule adopts the National Fire Protection Association’s 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code and the Health Care Facilities Code. The provisions, applicable to hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term care facilities, inpatient hospice facilities, ambulatory surgical centers and other affiliated health care providers, cover construction, protection and operational features designed to provide safety for Medicare beneficiaries. Health care providers affected by the rule must comply with all regulations within 60 days of the publication date (Wednesday, May 4) unless otherwise specified in the final rule.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Reminds IPFs Of HCP Submission Deadline

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The deadline for inpatient psychiatric facilities to complete the health care personnel data submission on the National Healthcare Safety Network is Sunday, May 15. Failure to meet the deadline may result in a 2 percentage point reduction in their fiscal year 2017 annual payment update. Information regarding the HCP measure data submission requirements and guidelines was presented during two inpatient psychiatric facility quality reporting program webinars held April 16, 2015, and Feb. 18. Questions regarding the data submission process should be referred to the NHSN help desk.

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Nursing, Pharmacy And Medical Schools Pledge To Educate On Opioid Crisis

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Alison Williams

The White House announced that more than 190 nursing schools have pledged to educate their advanced practice registered nursing students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. In addition, 54 colleges and schools of pharmacy have pledged to educate their students about life-saving overdose interventions. The White House previously announced that more than 60 medical schools will require students to complete some form of prescriber education per CDC’s guidelines.

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Consider This ...

Today is World Asthma Day. Asthma, a lung disease, affects more than 24 million people living in the U.S., and costs the nation $56 billion annually.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention