MHA Today | November 9, 2016

November 9, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

In This Issue
Election Solidifies Republican Control
CMS Publishes Details About Payment Reduction For Film X-Rays
September MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®
March of Dimes Releases 2016 Prematurity Report

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Election Solidifies Republican Control

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

MHA has summarized the outcomes of the election for Missouri candidates for state and federal executive branch and legislative offices and selected ballot measures, as well as provided district-specific results for the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate. The overall outcome of the congressional elections and Republican caucus and committee leadership are posted, as are the expected leaders of the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Publishes Details About Payment Reduction For Film X-Rays

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an MLN Matters article about the implementation of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 provision to reduce X-ray imaging payments when using film. The payment reduction will be 20 percent off the physician fee schedule technical component of imaging services when X-rays are taken using film. Modifier FX must be used to identify the use of film. The effective date of the provision is Jan. 1, 2017.

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HIDI Tech Connect


September MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®

Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert

Data for the September 2016 monthly utilization report have been posted on HIDI Analytic Advantage® and are available to download for distribution or placement in a network folder. HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS has been updated to include this data. The contacts from the participating hospitals have been notified by email, and they may download and save the Excel worksheet to a secure location on their networks or PCs. The data are encrypted on the site and also during the transmission from HIDI. Once transferred, the data must be secured according to the hospital’s security procedures. October data are being collected and are scheduled to be available Monday, Dec. 5.

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Quality and Population Health


March of Dimes Releases 2016 Prematurity Report

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

According to the March of Dimes’ recently released 2016 Prematurity Report Card, Missouri earns a C grade on its premature birth rate of 10 percent. The U.S. also earns a C grade. The 2016 report is based on 2015 data and uses an index of racial/ethnic disparity (“disparity index”) in preterm birth to provide a measure of the differences within a geographic area. Missouri’s index rank is 21, which indicates a 21 percent difference across racial and ethnic groups for risk of preterm birth. Missouri remains fairly consistent regarding preterm birth rates, with a 9.8 percent rate in 2015 with similar stratification percentages across racial groups as seen in the 2016 report. Missouri’s prematurity rate is below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 11.4 percent, but above the MOD goal of 8.1 percent.

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Consider This ...

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Source: National Institute of Mental Health