MHA Today | August 3, 2016

August 3, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
State Releases July 2016 General Revenue Report
CMS Releases Final Payment And Policy Updates
TJC Releases Survey Update For Life Safety
New Patient Safety Primer Highlights Learning Through Debriefing

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


State Releases July 2016 General Revenue Report

Staff Contact: Steve Renne

State general revenue collections in July 2016 increased by 7.2 percent compared to July 2015.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases Payment And Policy Updates

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final payment and policy updates for federal fiscal year 2017 for the inpatient and long-term care hospital prospective payment systems. CMS projects that IPPS facilities that successfully participate in the hospital inpatient quality reporting program and are meaningful electronic health record users will receive a 0.95 percent payment increase. CMS further projects that LTCH facility payments will decrease by 7.1 percent due to the phase-in of the site neutral payment rates. CMS also has rejected the request by Nantucket Cottage Hospital to revise its wage data, which would have increased payments to Massachusetts hospitals because of the Bay State wage index manipulation. MHA will release an issue brief when available.

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TJC Releases Survey Update For Life Safety

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jackie Gatz

The Joint Commission’s June 2016 issue of Perspectives stated that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would begin surveying to the 2012 editions of the National Fire Protection Association’s “NFPA 101: Life Safety Code” and “NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code” as of July 5. Hospitals surveyed by TJC may direct calls to the Department of Engineering at 630/792-5900. CMS issued a memo stating that the survey for compliance will not begin until Tuesday, Nov. 1.

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Quality and Population Health


New Patient Safety Primer Highlights Learning Through Debriefing

Staff Contact: Jessica Rowden

According to Learning Through Debriefing, a new patient safety primer available on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Network, debriefing after real or simulated patient safety events can help health care professionals learn from experience and incorporate improvement into future performance. Debriefing is a central learning tool in health care simulation and is recommended after a real-life emergency response. Debriefing is defined as a dialogue between two or more people, and its goals are to discuss the actions and thought processes involved in a particular patient care situation, encourage reflection on those actions and incorporate improvement into future performance. Debriefing helps identify aspects of team performance, which leads to discussions on opportunities for improvement at individual, team and system levels.

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