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In This Issue
MHA Distributes FFY 2017 Medicare VBP Projection
MHD Posts Amended HCBS Waiver Transition Plan
CMS Regional Office Releases Provider Updates
MHA Launches Hospital Workplace Violence Immersion Project
MHA’s 94th Annual Convention & Trade Show
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state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contacts: Andrew Wheeler or Leslie Porth
To assist member hospitals in preparing for the effects of future reimbursement changes relating to the Medicare Value-Based Purchasing Program, MHA is providing an analysis of the second quarter 2016 data found in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare database. Second quarter 2016 data is used to project the effects of the federal fiscal year 2017 Medicare VBP Program.
Although critical access hospitals currently are excluded from the program, CAHs that submitted data will receive the trends analysis report. CAHs will not receive the impact analysis report. The latest release indicates that the VBP effect on PPS hospital finances in Missouri is estimated to decrease operating payments by $766,800. These results are based on the latest available VBP data, which use different baseline and performance date ranges than the actual FFY 2017 program. Policy and analytic studies are made available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage.®
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Staff Contact: Steve Renne
Missouri’s draft transition plan includes all Home- and Community-Based Services waivers administered by the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Social Services. The purpose of the plan is to ensure that individuals receiving HCBS waiver services are integrated and have access to support in the community.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jim Mikes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ regional office in Kansas City has published an October provider update that highlights the “health care built environment,” reform requirements for long-term care facilities and readmission findings. As updates are published, they will be posted on the Regulatory page on MHA’s website. Regional updates include a variety of information from regulatory updates to informing the Midwest Division of special projects occurring in Region 7, including Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contacts: Jackie Gatz or Alison Williams
MHA has developed a Workplace Violence Reduction Immersion Project to provide programmatic support and training to participating member hospitals related to workplace safety. The project will use Mitigation Dynamics’ Safe Training and Responsible Restraints (S.T.A.R.R.) program in an effort to train front-line care providers in the use of verbal de-escalation and safe restraint techniques to reduce adverse encounters, when appropriate. More information will be made available this week at MHA’s annual emergency preparedness conference, followed by a webinar at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. Further details about the S.T.A.R.R. program, including the project application, are available on MHA’s website. Applications must be submitted to MHA by Tuesday, Nov. 15.
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October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Every year in the U.S., there are 26,000 stillbirths and 4,000 infants younger than one year that die unexpectedly.
Source: First Candle