MHA Today | September 1, 2016

September 1, 2016
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In This Issue
MHA Distributes Analysis Of Final Updates To 2017 SNF PPS
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CMS Announces IPFQR Program Education Session
September Marks Sepsis Awareness Month
AHRQ Data Identify Highest Ranked States In Health Care Quality

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Distributes Analysis Of Final Updates To 2017 SNF PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA has released an analysis illustrating the financial effect of the federal fiscal year 2017 final updates to the Medicare skilled nursing facility PPS. In aggregate, Missouri SNFs will receive an increase of 2.3 percent. The analysis does not include effects caused by high-cost outliers or payment for managed care patients. Although footnoted, the 2 percent Medicare sequestration also is excluded from the study. Facility-specific results will vary based on RUG utilization. This analysis is posted online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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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.

  • new short-term program for evaluating payment patterns electronic report available
  • payment year 2015 Medicare accountable care organization results
  • psychiatry and psychotherapy provider compliance
  • ICD-10 assessment and maintenance toolkit


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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces IPFQR Program Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education webinar for participants in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program is scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. The webinar, titled “FY 2017 IPPS Final Rule IPFQR Program Changes, APU Determination and Reconsideration Review,” will discuss changes to the program as delineated in the inpatient PPS final rule. It also will examine the annual payment update determination and reconsideration processes as they pertain to the recent data submission period. Registration is required.

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September Marks Sepsis Awareness Month

Staff Contact: Jessica Rowden

Sepsis is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, and it can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. It is difficult to diagnose, and because symptoms happen quickly, it can be confused with other conditions early on. When sepsis is quickly recognized and treated, lives can be saved. Health care providers are the critical link to preventing, recognizing and treating sepsis. View the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent edition of Vital Signs to learn more about sepsis identification, assessment, treatment and prevention. Tuesday, Sept. 13, is World Sepsis Awareness Day. Share your sepsis campaign ideas with Jessica Rowden.

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AHRQ Data Identify Highest Ranked States In Health Care Quality

Staff Contact: Jessica Rowden

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality state snapshot tool, Missouri ranks 20th when it comes to health care quality. The online tool is an interactive resource that provides state-level data showing how all 50 states and the District of Columbia performed on more than 250 measures related to health care quality and access.

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Consider This ...

Sepsis begins outside of the hospital for nearly 80 percent of patients.

Source: August 2016 edition of CDC's Vital Signs®