MHA Today | September 7, 2016

September 7, 2016
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In This Issue
MHA Distributes Analysis For FFY 2017 Final LTCH PPS
CMS Announces 2017 Marketplace Navigator Grant Awardees
TJC Proposes Changes To Medication Management Standards
CMS Releases FY 2017 Medicaid Hospice Payment Rates


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MHA Distributes Analysis For FFY 2017 Final LTCH PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA has made available an analysis that illustrates the financial effect of the Medicare federal fiscal year 2017 long-term care hospital prospective payment system final rule. After the application of the site-neutral payment reduction, the net effect on Missouri hospitals will be an estimated 6.7 percent reduction in payments. Although footnoted, the effects of the 2 percent median sequestration are not included. This analysis, which will be available online to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®, includes a summary for the nation, state, health systems and individual hospitals.

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CMS Announces 2017 Marketplace Navigator Grant Awardees

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the recipients of $63 million in grant awards to support in-person assistance to consumers enrolling in the 2017 Marketplace. Navigators selected to serve Missouri include the following.

  • Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging – $919,902
  • Planned Parenthood of St. Louis – $349,908
  • St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Inc. – $545,704


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TJC Proposes Changes To Medication Management Standards

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jim Mikes

The Joint Commission is accepting comments on proposed changes to medication management standards through Thursday, Oct. 13. The draft changes will impact hospitals, critical access hospitals, nursing care centers, ambulatory health care, behavioral health care, home care and office-based surgery programs. The majority of changes focus on policies and procedures, access of the provider to essential health information, labeling practices and automated dispensing cabinets. MHA encourages accredited hospitals to review and comment on proposed changes.

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CMS Releases FY 2017 Medicaid Hospice Payment Rates

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Andrew Wheeler

On Sept. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the fiscal year 2017 annual Medicaid payment rates, which take effect Saturday, Oct. 1. As finalized, hospices would see a 2.1 percent ($350 million) increase in payments for FY 2017 (reflecting an estimated 2.7 percent inpatient hospital marketbasket update, reduced by a 0.3 percentage point productivity adjustment and a 0.3 percentage point adjustment required by law). Hospices that do not report specified quality measures will face a 2 percent reduction in reimbursement for non-compliance with quality data submission requirements.

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Consider This ...

The average cost per hospital stay for sepsis is $18,400, double the average cost per stay across all other conditions.

Source: Sepsis Alliance