MHA Today | May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016
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In This Issue
HIDI Releases First Quarter FFY 2016 Inpatient, Outpatient Databases
Organizations Release New Playbook On Antibiotic Stewardship
CMS Selects Targeted Hospitals For IQR Program Validation
QRC Hosts eCQM Reporting Process Webinar

HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases First Quarter FFY 2016 Inpatient, Outpatient Databases

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The first quarter federal fiscal year 2016 inpatient and outpatient databases, including HIDI-reporting hospitals in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas City, Kan., now are available for download to subscribers of the Premier Data Package on HIDI Analytic Advantage®. The databases consist of a patient-level limited dataset, including all HIDI-reported discharges and visits to hospitals. Files are delivered as both text files and ready-to-query Microsoft Access database files. The files are located in the “Strategic Planning/Premier Data” section and are organized into the following categories.

  • Q1-Q4 FFY2015, Inpatient
  • Q1-Q4 FFY2015, Outpatient Classified
  • Q1-Q4 FFY2015, Outpatient Unclassified

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the 2016 HIDI Premier Data Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Quality and Population Health


Organizations Release New Playbook On Antibiotic Stewardship

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Leslie Porth

The development of antibiotic stewardship programs is a growing trend in U.S. hospitals. The development of such programs has been driven by the increasing number of antibiotic resistant strains of organisms making treatment more complex and costly. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Quality Forum and the Hospital Corporation of America, in collaboration with more than 25 professional societies and national stakeholders, released a practical guide to help hospital leaders improve antibiotic use in their facilities. The “Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care: A Practical Playbook,” is based on CDC’s Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs and will help hospitals and health systems create and strengthen antibiotic stewardship programs.

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CMS Selects Targeted Hospitals For IQR Program Validation

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has selected its targeted sample of 200 hospitals for validation of chart-abstracted and health care-associated infection measures for the fiscal year 2018 annual payment update determination. The quarters included in FY 2018 inpatient validation are third quarter 2015, fourth quarter 2015, first quarter 2016 and second quarter 2016. CMS targeted hospitals based on their:

  • failure to meet validation requirements in FY 2017;
  • lower bound confidence interval less than or equal to 75 percent in FY 2017;
  • failure to report at least half of the HAI events detected during FY 2017 to National Healthcare Safety Network;
  • rapidly changing data patterns;
  • abnormal or conflicting data patterns;
  • submission of data to NHSN after the IQR submission deadline; and/or
  • not having been validated in the previous three years.

An updated list of the selected hospitals is available on QualityNet. Validation resources also are available. Questions regarding the Hospital IQR Program or the inpatient data validation provider selection may be submitted through the Q&A tool.

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QRC Hosts eCQM Reporting Process Webinar

Staff Contacts: Dana Dahl or Stephen Njenga

The Quality Reporting Center is hosting a webinar on the preparation checklist for calendar year 2016 electronic clinical quality measure reporting. The webinar is scheduled at noon, Thursday, June 9. Registration is required.

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Did You Miss An Issue Of MHA Today?


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May 25, 2016
Insurance Director Thwarts Aetna/Humana Merger Plans In Missouri
Congressional Committee Advances Hospital Bill
Trajectories — Hospital Preparedness

May 24, 2016
Commonwealth Fund Releases Cost-Sharing In Marketplace Plan Report
OCR Provides Guidance About Patient Safety Work Product
AHRQ Releases Patient And Family Engagement Toolkit
Upcoming Educational Offerings For Rural Hospitals

May 23, 2016
Congressional Committees Review Hospital Issues



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