MHA Today | June 7, 2016

June 7, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders



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In This Issue
Congressional Committee Circulates Draft Of Mental Health Legislation
CMS Releases Final ACO Program Rule
CMS Project Seeks Innovative Hospital Quality Practices
CMS Updates Abstraction And Reporting Tool
CMS Announces Special Edition Rural Health Open Door Forum


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Congressional Committee Circulates Draft Of Mental Health Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee has issued a discussion draft of the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” (H.R. 2646). The committee has scheduled a “mark up” session on the proposal for Wednesday, June 15. The original version of the legislation advanced through a subcommittee late in 2015, but the process was contentious. The latest iteration removes or scales back some of the controversial and/or expensive components, such as the elimination of restrictions on Medicaid coverage of inpatient psychiatric treatment in “institutions of mental disease” and looser restrictions on information disclosure under the HIPAA privacy law. Missouri Congressman Billy Long is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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CMS Releases Final ACO Program Rule

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule that will incorporate regional fee-for-service expenditures into the methodology for establishing, adjusting and updating the benchmarks of accountable care organizations. The final rule also encourages ACOs to transition to risk agreements. CMS provided a regulatory impact analysis within the rule and is expected to save $110 million in calendar years 2017-2019. CMS stated that one of the objectives in updating the benchmark criteria is simplicity. However, the payment mechanisms continue to be complex. MHA has published an issue brief with additional details.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Project Seeks Innovative Hospital Quality Practices

Staff Contacts: Dana Dahl or Stephen Njenga

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has invited hospitals to submit innovative quality improvement practices to its Strategic Innovation Engine, which will evaluate the practices for possible dissemination across the nation. Targeted improvements include managing patients with multiple chronic conditions; engaging patients and families as active members of the care team; coordinating care within and across settings; streamlining patient flow; and integrating behavioral health into care. Organizations whose practices are selected will be nationally recognized and celebrated. For more information, contact info@sie.qioprogram.org or swoodford@aha.org.

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CMS Updates Abstraction And Reporting Tool

Staff Contacts: Dana Dahl or Stephen Njenga

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Abstraction and Reporting Tools have been released for first quarter (Jan. 1 to March 31) and second quarter (April 1 to June 30) encounters. The tools can be accessed on QualityNet by selecting “Data Collection (& CART)” under the “Hospitals – Outpatient” drop-down.

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Noteworthy


CMS Announces Special Edition Rural Health Open Door Forum

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Special Edition Rural Health Open Door Forum is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14. Dial 800/837-1935 and enter passcode 40222750 to participate. CMS will discuss the budget proposal to decrease critical access hospital payments to 100 percent of reasonable costs and provide an update on the Quality Payment Program.

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Source: July 2016 edition of TopHealth®