MHA Today | July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016
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In This Issue
MHA Distributes FFY 2017 Medicare VBP Projection
MHA And VizientTM Enter New Patient Safety Partnership And Align With HSG
JAMA Study Sites Risk For Chronic Opioid Use


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MHA Distributes FFY 2017 Medicare VBP Projection

Staff Contacts: Andrew Wheeler or Leslie Porth

To assist member hospitals in preparing for the effects of future reimbursement changes relating to the Medicare Value-Based Program, MHA is providing an analysis of the first quarter 2016 data found in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare database. First quarter 2016 data is used to project the effects of the federal fiscal year 2017 Medicare VBP Program.

Although critical access hospitals currently are excluded from the program, CAHs that submitted data will receive the trends analysis report. CAHs will not receive the impact analysis report. The latest release indicates that the VBP effect on prospective payment system hospital finances in Missouri is estimated to decrease operating payments by $178,100. These results are based on the latest available VBP data, which use different baseline and performance date ranges than the actual FFY 2017 program. Policy and analytic studies are made available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®.

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MHA And VizientTM Enter New Patient Safety Partnership And Align With HSG

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

Today, MHA entered a new partnership with VizientTM Patient Safety Organization. This new partnership that includes the Healthcare Services Group provides Missouri hospitals a full suite of expertise, tools and offerings to bring additional resources for hospitals' efforts to provide patients with safe, high-quality care.

This week, each MHA-member hospital will receive an agreement to join the Vizient PSO. Membership fees for hospital participation will be paid on behalf of Missouri hospitals through the MHA Management Services Corporation. Discounts for other services, including PSO membership for MHA-member non-Missouri facilities, emergency medical services, physician clinics and mental health facilities, also are available through this partnership.

The 2016 calendar of education is set. PSO orientations, documentation reviews and topic-specific trainings already are available to your staff. A full-day workshop and Safe Table focused on a safe working environment will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, as a pre-conference to the annual MHA Emergency Preparedness Conference, which addresses violence and cybersecurity in health care. An educational calendar provides further information about the many educational opportunities afforded through this partnership.

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JAMA Study Sites Risk For Chronic Opioid Use

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that seven common surgical procedures are associated with an increased risk of chronic opioid use post-operatively, but the overall risk is less than 0.5 percent for most of the procedures examined. The study analyzed a sample of health claims for privately insured patients who received one of 11 surgical procedures from 2001 through 2013 who had not filled an opioid prescription in the 12 months before the procedure. An increased risk of chronic opioid use by opioid-naïve patients was found for seven procedures: total knee arthroplasty, total hip arthroplasty, open cholecystectomy, simple mastectomy, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, open appendectomy and cesarean delivery. The results “suggest that primary care clinicians and surgeons should closely monitor opioid use in the postsurgical period.” Last month, the American Hospital Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a one-page resource to help hospital patients understand the risks and benefits of opioid medications.

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Consider This ...

Nearly 1 in 4 jobs created so far in 2016 is in the health care sector. There were 15.5 million jobs in the health care sector in June, including 7.1 million in ambulatory care, 5.1 million at hospitals and 3.3 million in residential and nursing homes.

Source: HealthLeaders