MHA Today | August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016
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In This Issue
Deloitte Issues Health Policy Brief On Evolving Landscape Of Telehealth
Hospira Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall
CMS Releases New Prescription Drug Cost Data
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
The Academies Explore Community Approaches To Disaster Risk Reduction

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Deloitte Issues Health Policy Brief On Evolving Landscape Of Telehealth

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

Many health care organizations are exploring strategies to leverage technology, including telehealth, to increase consumer engagement and focus on prevention and chronic care management outside the traditional physician office visit. According to a health policy brief, “Findings from Deloitte’s 2016 Survey of US Health Care Consumers show that interest in, and use of, telehealth is rising. The policy landscape — including payment policy and care provisions across state lines — is evolving to keep up with consumer demand and technology innovations.”

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Hospira Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling one lot of bupivacaine hydrochloride injection at the hospital/retail level because of the presence of particulate matter within a single vial. The issue was identified through a confirmed complaint. The company advises anyone with existing inventory to stop using and distributing the product, immediately quarantine it, and inform health care professionals in your organization of the recall. Also, notify any accounts or additional locations that may have received the recalled product from your organization.

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CMS Releases New Prescription Drug Cost Data

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the release of information about the prescription drugs that were paid for by the Medicare Part D program in 2014. The dataset includes information from health care providers who collectively prescribed $121 billion in prescription drugs paid by Medicare Part D. CMS Chief Data Officer Niall Brennan stated, “With this data release, patients, researchers and providers can access valuable information about the Medicare prescription drug program. Today’s release joins a series of actions the administration is taking to improve transparency around government data, including the cost of prescription drugs.”

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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.

  • 2017 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code updates
  • new MLN Matters article — Medicare Part B clinical laboratory fee schedule: Guidance to laboratories for collecting and reporting data for the private payor rate-based payment system
  • open payments: limited time for physicians to dispute 2015 data
  • programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly
  • CMS updates nursing home five-star quality ratings


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Quality and Population Health


The Academies Explore Community Approaches To Disaster Risk Reduction

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

On April 21, the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine convened a workshop during the 2016 Preparedness Summit — a national conference on public health preparedness. Participants discussed the concepts of disaster risk reduction, their application within U.S. communities through novel and contemporary practices, and specific strategies that can be implemented at the local level through cross-sector collaboration. A summary of what occurred during the meeting can be found online.

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Consider This ...

Only 5 percent of the sodium you consume comes from table salt. Although sodium is necessary for normal body functioning, it is important to cut back on sodium from processed foods.

Source: September 2016 edition of TopHealth®