MHA Today | August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016
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In This Issue
MHA Comments On Proposed Rule
CMS To Make Incentive Payments For Independence At Home Demonstration
CMS Announces Next Open Door Forum
CMS Updates Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings
HRSA Provides Shortage Designation Project Webinar Recordings
340B Recertification Process Begins Today

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


MHA Comments On Proposed Rule

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

MHA has submitted comments regarding a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule to revise the Conditions of Participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in Medicare and Medicaid. MHA previously published an issue brief on the proposal when it was released in mid-June. Comments must be submitted to CMS by 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15.

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CMS To Make Incentive Payments For Independence At Home Demonstration

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that in the second performance year, providers participating in the Independence at Home Demonstration saved Medicare more than $10 million. CMS also is paying $5.7 million to seven participating practices that succeeded in reducing spending while improving quality. CMS Acting Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway stated, “The Independence at Home Demonstration is a patient-centered model that supports providers in caring for chronically ill patients in their own homes. These results continue to support what most patients already want — the ability to have high quality of care in the home setting.”

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Announces Next Open Door Forum

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled the next Rural Health Open Door Forum at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. Dial 800/837-1935 and enter passcode 42616741 to participate. The agenda topics include the following.

  • outpatient PPS proposed rules
  • inpatient PPS final rules, including implementation of the Medicare outpatient observation notice form
  • proposed changes to the chronic care management and transitional care management requirements
  • rural health clinic billing for nursing visits in home health shortage areas


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Quality and Population Health


CMS Updates Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings

Staff Contacts: Dana Dahl or Stephen Njenga

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the Nursing Home Compare five-star quality ratings to incorporate new measures, which provide families with information to help make important decisions about care. The new measures look at successful discharges, emergency visits and re-hospitalizations, and complement other nursing home measures previously announced in April.

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Noteworthy


HRSA Provides Shortage Designation Project Webinar Recordings

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Health Resources and Services Administration recently offered webinars about shortage designation review process improvements that will take effect in July 2017, and what to expect leading up to the implementation of the new auto-health professional shortage area scoring process. Recordings are available on HRSA’s website for primary care associations and offices and auto-HPSA facilities.

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340B Recertification Process Begins Today

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

Participants in the 340B Drug Pricing Program are required to recertify their organization on an annual basis. The recertification process for hospitals began today and ends Wednesday, Sept. 7. Failure to recertify will result in exclusion from the program.

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