MHA Today | October 5, 2016  

October 5, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
NIH Releases Youth Suicide Prevention Plan
CMS Clarifies Coding For Advanced Care Planning
CMS Releases Final LTCF Reform Requirements
MHD Releases Behavioral Health Provider Bulletin
CMS Releases EHR Alignment Preparation Checklist For eCQM Reporting
TJC Releases Information Regarding 2017 ORYX® Performance Requirements
NCSBN Offers Free SUD Education

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


NIH Releases Youth Suicide Prevention Plan

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The National Institutes of Health released a plan on Oct. 4 focused on preventing suicide among youth. The 10-year roadmap, developed by an independent panel, is aimed at advancing research addressing three important issues — data system improvement, data collection and analysis methods, and strengthening the practice and research community. There are 29 recommendations outlined in the plan as well as numerous educational resources available on the Pathways to Prevention website.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Clarifies Coding For Advanced Care Planning

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Andrew Wheeler

In March, MHA released The Essence of Time, which focused on advanced care planning. Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released clarification of coding and billing by providers who have advanced care planning conversations with their patients. The guidance applies to Medicare fee-for-service patients only. CMS recognized the benefits of providers conducting voluntary advanced planning conversations with their patients and began reimbursement for such services Jan. 1, 2016. Additional information can be found in FAQs released by CMS in July.

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CMS Releases Final LTCF Reform Requirements

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released the final rule Medicare and Medicaid: Reform Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 4 and goes into effect Nov. 28. However, for providers, there are staggered implementation dates based on the change. The rule includes significant changes to patient safety, practice of service and quality of health. CMS states interpretive guidance and education for surveyors are forthcoming.

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MHD Releases Behavioral Health Provider Bulletin

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The MO HealthNet Division has released a provider bulletin related to behavioral health rate increases. Last month, MHD notified providers of a second rate increase effective July 1. This bulletin outlines specific behavioral health services and related procedure codes, and the effect of the increases for 2016. MHD currently is reprocessing claims for the dates of service affected. For specific questions related to fee-for-service Medicaid billing, you can call the provider communications hotline at 573/751-2896.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Releases EHR Alignment Preparation Checklist For eCQM Reporting

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has developed the CY 2016 Inpatient Quality Reporting – Electronic Health Record Alignment Preparation Checklist for eCQM Reporting – QRDA Category I File Production Instructions. The checklist is a useful tool as hospitals outline the steps needed to prepare for the submission of electronic clinical quality measures production file data.

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TJC Releases Information Regarding 2017 ORYX® Performance Requirements

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission recently released information on 2017 ORYX® Performance Measurement Reporting Requirements. For 2017, the measure set reporting requirement has been eliminated. Measure selection and reporting will be by individual measure. FAQs also are available to help TJC-accredited hospitals better understand the 2017 requirements.

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Noteworthy


NCSBN Offers Free SUD Education

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing is offering “Understanding Substance Use Disorder in Nursing” and “Nurse Manager Guidelines for Substance Use Disorder” education. The education includes a toolkit, brochures, posters and a book free of charge. The tools were developed for nurses to aide in the prevention, education and intervention of early warning signs of substance abuse disorder among patients, nurses and the public. For more information visit http://pr.mo.gov/nursing.asp.

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Consider This ...

By 2030, if current trends continue, there will be just one geriatric psychiatrist for every 6,000 older Americans dealing with mental illness and addiction, according to the Institute of Medicine.

Source: Hospitals & Health Networks