MHA Today | September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

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In This Issue
MHA Releases Guide For Nonprofit Hospitals
CMS Issues Proposed Rule On Medicaid Fraud Control
CMS Announces IQR Webinar
NQF Revises Measure Endorsement Procedures
IHI Posts Helpful Definitions On Health Equity

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MHA Releases Guide For Nonprofit Hospitals

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

As recommended by MHA’s Hospital Tax Exemption Work Group and Board of Trustees, MHA staff has completed a guide to assist nonprofit hospitals in maximizing the provision and promotion of charitable programs and services. Engaging Your Community: A Guide for Nonprofit Hospitals describes numerous activities that enhance a nonprofit hospital’s tax exempt status and provides guidance on creating a community benefit report to publicize investments in the community. The publication can be used in conjunction with MHA’s previous guidance document, Completing a Community Health Needs Assessment, to maximize community population health strategies.

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule On Medicaid Fraud Control

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued proposed regulations governing federal standards for, and funding of, state Medicaid fraud control units. The proposal makes few substantive policy changes. It largely updates the regulation to reflect statutory and operational changes made since the regulation was first created in 1978. Public comments may be submitted until 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces IQR Webinar

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education webinar for participants in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program is scheduled at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. The webinar, titled “Unlocking the Secrets of the Question and Answer Site,” will acquaint users with the many features available to them for efficiently researching and asking questions. The event pertains to all programs under the hospital quality reporting initiative. Registration is required.

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NQF Revises Measure Endorsement Procedures

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

The National Quality Forum has announced that it is revising its processes for reaching final measure endorsement decisions and how appeals of those decisions will be reviewed and adjudicated. Beginning in early 2017, the NQF Board of Directors no longer will approve NQF measure endorsement decisions, rather, the Consensus Standards Approval Committee will make final decisions. In addition, NQF’s board, executive committee and CSAC will not participate in the appeals process of measure endorsement decisions. A newly established appeals board, appointed by the NQF board, will adjudicate all appeals. The changes apply to measure endorsement projects that have in-person meetings after August 2016. Additionally, NQF has shortened the time that nominations to standing committees remain open from two years to one year. The change also will apply to nominations to the measure applications partnership.

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IHI Posts Helpful Definitions On Health Equity

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement has posted a new primer that offers helpful and important definitions to create a better understanding of health equity. The white paper is titled Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations.

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Consider This ...

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