MHA Today | October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016

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In This Issue
CMS Addresses Hospice Nursing Shortage
GAO Requests Better Alignment Of Quality Measures
Marx Leaves Washington County Memorial Hospital
Landmark Hospital Of Columbia Names New CEO

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CMS Addresses Hospice Nursing Shortage

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a survey and certification memo on the impact of the nursing shortage on hospices. CMS has extended the period of time that a hospice can request an exemption to use agency nursing services for extraordinary circumstances related to the nursing shortage to September 2018. CMS expects the nursing shortage to continue through 2024 based on market labor statistics.

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GAO Requests Better Alignment Of Quality Measures

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Government Accountability Office has released a 42-page document to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services requesting improved alignment of quality-measure reporting among payers. The GAO emphasizes the excessive burden to health care organizations when payers ask for a variety of different quality measures, including some that might not lead to improved outcomes. HHS is encouraged to direct CMS to prioritize electronic quality reporting utilizing a common data element set and comprehensively plan how CMS will develop new, meaningful quality measures in the future.

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CEO Announcements


Marx Leaves Washington County Memorial Hospital

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Ken Marx’s last day as Chief Executive Officer of Washington County Memorial Hospital in Potosi was Oct. 21. Marx served as CEO since January 2015. The board will name an Interim CEO while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Landmark Hospital Of Columbia Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Debbie Sabella, Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Hospital of Columbia, is resigning, effective Thursday, Oct. 27. She served as CEO of the Columbia hospital since August 2013 and has been with Landmark in various administrative roles since 2006. Jerry Deller has been named her successor, effective Monday, Nov. 7. Deller most recently was CEO of Acadiana Management Group in Wichita, Kan., and was responsible for operations in a 26-bed, freestanding long-term acute care hospital. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the health care industry. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

Cigarette smoking can be blamed for at least 167,133 cancer deaths in the U.S. in a single year.

Source: Los Angeles Times