MHA Today | June 6, 2016

June 6, 2016
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In This Issue
Issue Brief: Proposed Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act Of 2016
State Releases May 2016 General Revenue Report
MHA Releases Updated Quality Transparency Initiative Data
Kindred Hospital Northland Names New CEO

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Watch for the release of HIDI HealthStats — this month’s issue examines mental health in Missouri.
  • This is the last week for hospitals to sign up for the new Hospital Improvement Innovation Network contract (formerly Hospital Engagement Network).
  • This year’s Leadership Forum begins Thursday in Branson.

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Issue Brief: Proposed Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act Of 2016

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives recently announced proposed legislation which would modify Medicare payment rules for certain hospital services. H.R. 5273, also known as the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016, would most notably exempt certain hospital outpatient departments from payment rules and establish beneficiary equity in the Medicare hospital readmission program. The Congressional Budget Office now has released its spending/savings projections if H.R. 5273 were to be enacted. MHA has published an issue brief with additional details. Highlights of the CBO report include the following.

  • Inpatient prospective payment rates for the fiscal year would be reduced by 0.04 percent and is estimated to save $750 million from 2017-2026.
  • Lift moratorium prohibiting existing long-term hospitals from increasing number of beds would increase spending by $20 million from 2017-2026. LTCH payment rates would be reduced 0.08 percent.
  • Exemption from the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 hospital outpatient department moratorium would be lifted for approximately 100 facilities that were under construction when the law took effect. This provision would increase Medicare spending by $750 million from 2017-2026.
  • Enacting a provision which would establish beneficiary equity in the Medicare hospital readmissions reduction program would be budget neutral. 


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State Releases May 2016 General Revenue Report

Staff Contact: Steve Renne

State general revenue collections in May 2016 increased 12 percent compared to May 2015. Fiscal year 2016 general revenue collections increased by 3.4 percent compared to last year.

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Quality and Population Health


MHA Releases Updated Quality Transparency Initiative Data

Staff Contact: Dana Dahl

Today, updated quality measure data set information was posted on Focus on Hospitals. Infection and harm measure data includes Jan. 1, to Dec. 31, 2015; readmission data includes Dec. 1, 2012, to Nov. 30, 2015. The quality data update reflects a data steward change for the infection measures, accounts for the ICD-10 transition, and was updated based on member feedback and analysis during the preview period. To view updates, you may need to clear your Internet browser's cache. Presentations and resources, including the updated Quality Measure Technical Manual, is included on MHA’s website.

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CEO Announcements


Kindred Hospital Northland Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Jason Grundstrom Jason Grundstrom was named CEO of Kindred Hospital Northland in Kansas City, Mo., effective May 23. He replaces Frank Schneider, who left in December 2015. Grundstrom most recently served as Assistant Administrator of Kindred Hospital Louisville and was responsible for the daily nonclinical operations of that facility. Prior to joining Kindred Healthcare, he was the Service Excellence Manager of an Adult and Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Norton Healthcare in Louisville. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

With the advent of smartphones and tablets, time spent using mobile devices has increased by 70 percent in the U.S. since 2012.

Source: July 2016 edition of TopHealth®