MHA Today | July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
President Approves New Opioid Abuse Law
CMS Reports On Program Integrity Results
OIG Report Assesses Rehabilitation Hospital Patient Harms
MHD Announces Rate Increase For Adult Day Care Waiver
HRSA Hosts Workshop On Rural Health Funding Opportunities

What You Need To Know This Week

  • The final inpatient PPS rule should be published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
  • CMS also should release star ratings — a fact sheet was released last week.

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state and federal health policy developments


President Approves New Opioid Abuse Law

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

President Obama has signed into law S. 524, the “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.” In a statement, the President noted that the legislation “includes some modest steps to address the opioid epidemic,” but expressed disappointment that Congress failed to “provide any real resources for those seeking addiction treatment to get the care they need.” Unsurprisingly, congressional leaders disagreed and lauded the legislation.

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CMS Reports On Program Integrity Results

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a report on the results of its program integrity initiatives in federal fiscal years 2013 and 2014. The agency estimates “a savings of $21.1 billion in FY 2013 and $18.1 billion in FY 2014, for a two-year return on investment of 12.4 to 1.”

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OIG Report Assesses Rehabilitation Hospital Patient Harms

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Jim Mikes

A report by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services concludes that 29 percent of Medicare patients discharged from rehabilitation hospitals in March 2012 experienced some type of patient harm. The data and extrapolations are based on a review of medical records of 417 patients from across the nation. Physician reviewers concluded that 46 percent of the patient harms were clearly or likely preventable. The OIG previously issued similar findings on the incidence of patient harms among acute care hospitals (27 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in a 2010 report) and skilled nursing facilities (33 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in a 2014 report).

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MHD Announces Rate Increase For Adult Day Care Waiver

Staff Contact: Steve Renne

The MO HealthNet fee-for-service maximum allowable rates have increased approximately two percent for certain personal care and home- and community-based services. The rate increase is effective for services rendered on or after July 1.

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Noteworthy


HRSA Hosts Workshop On Rural Health Funding Opportunities

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Health Resources and Services Administration is hosting a workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., that focuses on rural health funding opportunities. Registration is required. The workshop will cover the following.

  • detailed information on HRSA’s funding opportunities, how to apply and strategies for writing a responsive application
  • overview of HRSA rural health funding opportunities, with an emphasis on upcoming opportunities
  • resources for rural health and health care initiatives
  • tips on how to develop a great program and write an effective application


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Consider This ...

When using a smartphone, computer or other digital device, use the "20-20-20" rule to avoid eye strain: Take a break every 20 minutes. Shift your eyes toward an object that’s at least 20 feet away. Look at the object for at least 20 seconds.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology