MHA Today | August 24, 2016

August 24, 2016
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In This Issue
CBO Releases Budget And Economic Outlook Update
CMS Hosts Episode Payment Models Webinar
Region 7 Releases “The Pulse of CMS” Newsletter
CDC Updates Zika Considerations For Health Care Settings
Putnam County Memorial Hospital Names New Executive Team Chairman

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


CBO Releases Budget And Economic Outlook Update

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Congressional Budget Office released an update to the federal budget and economic outlook from 2016 to 2026. The report estimates that this year will be the first increase in the budget shortfall since 2009. Medicare accounts for 21 percent of the total $2.4 trillion projected increase in outlays between 2016 and 2026. The CBO predicts that the aging population and higher per-person health spending caused by higher prescription drug costs are the main contributors to the projected increase in Medicare spending.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Hosts Episode Payment Models Webinar

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a webinar about advancing care coordination through episode payment models. The webinar will focus on the proposed additions to the EPM models, including acute myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft and surgical hip/femur fracture treatment, excluding lower extremity joint replacements. The webinar is schedule at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. Registration is required.

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Region 7 Releases “The Pulse of CMS” Newsletter

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Region 7 has released the August edition of The Pulse of CMS. The newsletter highlights the following.

  • consumer action needed — initial warning notices sent to consumers who may be enrolled in marketplace coverage with advance payments of premium tax credit/income-based cost-sharing reductions and Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • marketplace seeks enrollment testimonials
  • “geographic variation in health insurance marketplaces: rural and urban trends in enrollment, firm participation, premiums, and cost sharing in 2016” webinar recording
  • CMS announces next phase in largest-ever initiative to improve primary care in America
  • special enrollment period reference chart
  • affordable care act payment model continues to improve care, lower costs
  • Medicare advantage value-based insurance design model
  • CMS updates nursing home five-star quality ratings
  • CMS examines inappropriate steering of people eligible for Medicare or Medicaid into marketplace plans


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Quality and Population Health


CDC Updates Zika Considerations For Health Care Settings

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a key considerations document for health care facilities, including hospitals and health systems, as they prepare to receive patients potentially infected with Zika. The document outlines nine steps health care facilities should take, including knowing the clinical manifestations of the virus, how to assess pregnant women and advise against sexual transmission during pregnancy, and reporting and use of standard precautions. The document also notes steps that health care settings can take to educate patients and their families about the disease, transmission and steps to avoid infection. The CDC also has a promotional toolkit that provides content and resources that hospitals can use to develop messages which encourage pregnant women to take steps to prevent Zika infection.

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CEO Announcements


Putnam County Memorial Hospital Names New Executive Team Chairman

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

The Board of Directors of Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville appointed Richard Morrow as Executive Committee Chairman, effective Friday, Aug. 26. He replaces Nathan Baughman, who has been serving in that role following Cindy Cummings’ resignation as CEO in December 2015. Morrow most recently was a financial consultant and previously served as an auditor for the Missouri Department of Revenue. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

The average life expectancy at birth of the global population in 2015 was 71.4.

Source: World Health Organization