MHA Today | July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Congress Approves Opioid Abuse Response Legislation
CMS Announces 2015-2025 National Health Expenditures Data Projections
HHS Study Recommends Approaches To Control For Social Determinants Of Health
DSS Announces Partners For Missouri Perinatal Health Management Pilot Program
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
HIDI Offers Analytic Advantage® Training Course
CMS Announces IQR-EHR Incentive Program Outreach And Education Session
JAMA Research Shows Surgical Departments Lack Mentorship Programs
CMS Offers Provider Training For IRF And LTCH Quality Reporting Programs

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Congress Approves Opioid Abuse Response Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

With yesterday’s Senate ratification, Congress has enacted a version of S. 524, the “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.” It includes various components largely related to opioid abuse. A committee negotiated the differences between versions passed by the House of Representatives and Senate. Some legislators asserted that the bill included insufficient funding.

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CMS Announces 2015-2025 National Health Expenditures Data Projections

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the release of a report that projects national health expenditures through 2025. The report, published by Health Affairs, indicates that total health care spending growth is expected to increase at an average rate of 5.8 percent annually from 2015 to 2025. In addition to the national spending projections, the report provides details about medical price inflation, the share of health expenses that Americans pay out-of-pocket, the insured share of population, private health insurance expenditures, Medicaid spending growth, Medicare expenditures and prescription drug spending.

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HHS Study Recommends Approaches To Control For Social Determinants Of Health

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

A recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly the IOM) provides a detailed overview of sociodemographic factors that influence patients’ risk of adverse health outcomes. The study found that the penalties through programs such as the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program for hospitals that serve disproportionately high numbers of socially disadvantaged patients may have the unintended consequence of increasing health disparities. The recommendations also are aligned with the MHA-Hospital Industry Data Institute risk-adjustment methodology for sociodemographic status in readmissions. The report states that patients’ community context is a powerful determinant that precedes quality of care and generally cannot be modified by provider action. MHA has published widely on this issue.

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DSS Announces Partners For Missouri Perinatal Health Management Pilot Program

Staff Contact: Steve Renne

The Missouri Department of Social Services, MO HealthNet Division and Pemiscot County Hospital are partnering with Alpha Maxx HealthCare, Inc., on a project known as the Missouri Perinatal Health Management Pilot Program. The intent of the program is to increase the number of healthy pregnancies for MO HealthNet women.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • chiropractic services: high improper payment rate within Medicare fee-for-service Part B
  • long-term care hospital quality reporting program provider training — Thursday, Aug. 11
  • inpatient rehabilitation facility quality reporting program provider training — Wednesday, Aug. 9, and Thursday, Aug 10
  • revised durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies accreditation fact sheet

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Offers Analytic Advantage® Training Course

Staff Contact: Steve Warchol

The Hospital Industry Data Institute is hosting an introductory training session at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Mo., from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 21. The training will review how to use reports, dashboards and other tools available through HIDI’s business intelligence platform, HIDI Analytic Advantage®. The session is free to any hospital team member. Registration is required and limited to the first 15 participants. To register, contact Steve Warchol.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces IQR-EHR Incentive Program Outreach And Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education webinar for participants in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program is scheduled at noon, Monday, July 25. Registration is required. The webinar, titled “Common Errors for QRDA Category I Test Files – Session I,” will provide an overview of several topics related to the mandatory electronic clinical quality measure submission process for the hospital IQR and Medicare electronic health record incentive programs for calendar year 2016. Topics include the following.

  • top 10 eCQM test file submission errors
  • tips to troubleshoot errors
  • review of tools to assist facilities in successfully submitting test files

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Workforce News


JAMA Research Shows Surgical Departments Lack Mentorship Programs

Staff Contact: Meredith Kenyon

According to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, only 54 percent of surveyed respondents in U.S. hospital surgical departments reported having established mentorship programs. One in 3 departments had no formal or informal pairing between mentors and pupils. Eighty-two percent of departments had no formal training for mentors, while 78 percent had no formal training process for mentees. The study explains how mentorship directly impacts career satisfaction and retention in health care, thus underscoring the importance of developing and maintaining formal mentoring programs. MHA has provided a mentoring toolkit resource.

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Noteworthy


CMS Offers Provider Training For IRF And LTCH Quality Reporting Programs

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is offering training sessions in Chicago for the inpatient rehabilitation facility and long-term care hospital quality reporting programs. The IRF session will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Wednesday, Aug. 10. The LTCH session will be held Thursday, Aug. 11. Participants are invited to meet with presenters and CMS staff at an informal meeting on the evening of Aug. 10. Further details are forthcoming.

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Consider This ...

An estimated 6 to 7 percent of pregnancies are complicated by diabetes, and approximately 90 percent of those cases are women with gestational diabetes.

Source: July 2016 edition of Trajectories