MHA Today | June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016
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In This Issue
State Extends Medicaid Managed Care RFP Deadline
CMS Issues Proposed CY 2017 Home Health Payment And Policy Update
CMS Requires EIDM System Users To Recertify Accounts
NHSN Updates 2016 Self-Paced Interactive Trainings
NHSN Posts Meeting Slides


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State Extends Medicaid Managed Care RFP Deadline

Staff Contact: Steve Renne

Last week, Addendum 4 was added to the Medicaid Managed Care request for proposal. Mercer, the state’s actuary, identified an error in calculating the rates on pricing pages. The addendum extends the deadline to submit bids from Friday, July 1, to Monday, Aug. 1.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Issues Proposed CY 2017 Home Health Payment And Policy Update

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the proposed Medicare payment and policy updates for calendar year 2017 for the home health PPS. CMS is projecting that if the rule is finalized as proposed, home health agencies would receive a payment reduction of 2.3 percent or $180 million. The proposed rule also includes changes to the 60-day episode rate and the fixed-dollar loss ratio used to calculate outliers, as well as the home health quality reporting program. Although the proposed rule includes updates to the home health value-based purchasing model, the model is limited to nine states and Missouri is excluded. Comments will be due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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CMS Requires EIDM System Users To Recertify Accounts

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Dana Dahl

Enterprise Identity Management system users must recertify their accounts by Thursday, June 30. The EIDM security official or individual practitioner must recertify using the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Enterprise Portal. Navigate to the “View and Manage My Access” Web page after logging in and select the “Annual Certification” link. Multiple users can be recertified at one time. Contact the QualityNet help desk at 866/288-8912 for more information.

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Quality and Population Health


NHSN Updates 2016 Self-Paced Interactive Trainings

Staff Contacts: Dana Dahl or Stephen Njenga

The National Healthcare Safety Network has updated the 2016 self-study training courses on its website. Courses include: “Introduction to Device-Associated Module,” “CLABSI, CAUTI, VAP, CLIP, MRSA Bacteremia and CDI LabID Event Reporting,” “Introduction to Procedure-Associated Module,” and “SSI.”

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NHSN Posts Meeting Slides

Staff Contacts: Dana Dahl or Stephen Njenga

The National Healthcare Safety Network has posted slides from its 2016 member’s meeting that was held during this year’s Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology conference.

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Consider This ...

In 2014, two million Americans abused prescription painkillers, and more than 14,000 died from overdosing on them.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention