MHA Today | August 15, 2016

August 15, 2016
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In This Issue
HIDI Releases First Quarter 2016 VBP Payments Model
CDC Issues Proposed Rules On Quarantine Standards
CMS Updates Appendix J And Exhibit 355

TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Program Education Session
CMS Schedules IRF And LTCH Public Quality Reporting Webinar
CDC Researchers Identify Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Variation Among States
HRSA Offers COPD Webinar

What You Need To Know This Week

  • The State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts meets on Tuesday, August 16 to discuss opioid abuse and prescribing standards.

HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases First Quarter 2016 VBP Payments Model

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The Value-Based Purchasing Payments Model is a companion utility to the VBP Analysis that was produced for hospitals on July 12. The VBP Payments Model is an interactive tool that provides hospitals with the ability to manipulate their hospital-specific quality scores to evaluate the associated change to estimated VBP payments. The VBP Payments Model is provided to subscribers of the 2016 Premier Reporting Package. The modeling utility is located on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the “Finance and Policy/Premier Reports” or “Quality/Premier Reports” folders, with the following file name: MOxxxx_VBP FFY2017 Payments Model_2016_Q1_(2016.08.15).xls. Hospitals interested in subscribing to the HIDI Premier Report Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


 



CDC Issues Proposed Rules On Quarantine Standards

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Sarah Willson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proposed new regulations governing the use of quarantine to contain disease outbreaks. The deadline for submitting public comments is Friday, Oct. 14.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Updates Appendix J And Exhibit 355

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revised the Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Interpretive Guidelines and Exhibit 355 within the State Operations Manual Appendix J. The revision removes all references to website links that are now inaccessible or may become so in the future. The appendix containing the revisions has not been published.

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TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Program Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission launched the Pioneers in Quality program earlier this year to assist hospitals on their journey toward electronic clinical quality measure adoption. To continue the eCQM conversation, TJC has scheduled another webinar in the educational series at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23. The session, titled “eCQM Hospital Readiness and Initial Data Analysis” will discuss the aggregate 2015 eCQM measure results and compare these to the corresponding chart-based measure national averages. A comparison of 2015 stroke eCQM results to those of the corresponding chart-based measures for hospitals also will be presented. Registration is required. Space is limited; registration will close when maximum capacity is reached.

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CMS Schedules IRF And LTCH Public Quality Reporting Webinar

Staff Contacts: Jim Mikes, Sarah Willson or Dana Dahl

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will provide a webinar on Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility and Long-Term Care Hospital public quality reporting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23. During the webinar, CMS will discuss IRF and LTCH preview reports that will be available to providers in the near future. Participants will gain an understanding of how to access and interpret the reports and learn what to do if they believe their report contains an error. Registration is required.

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CDC Researchers Identify Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Variation Among States

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Alison Williams

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, neonatal abstinence syndrome increased nationally by 300 percent between 1999 and 2013 — from 1.5 cases to 6 cases per 1,000 hospital births. NAS is a condition that occurs primarily among newborns exposed to opioids during pregnancy. Among states with at least three years of data in the federal Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, an increase in NAS was observed in 25 of 27 states with variation in the annual rates from 0.05 in Hawaii to 3.6 in Vermont, per 1,000 births. “These findings underscore the importance of state-based public health programs to prevent unnecessary opioid use and to treat substance use disorders during pregnancy, as well as decrease the incidence of NAS,” said the researchers.

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Noteworthy


HRSA Offers COPD Webinar

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Health Resources and Services Administration will offer a webinar on the current state of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the U.S. featuring the most recent data, tools and resources for providers and patients. The webinar will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24. Questions or concerns may be directed to Allison Hutchings.

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Consider This ...

As many as 20 babies die each year from whooping cough, with most deaths among those too young to be protected by their own whooping cough vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends pregnant women receive a whooping cough vaccine between weeks 27 and 36 of each pregnancy.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention