MHA Today | November 17, 2016

November 17, 2016
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In This Issue
CMS Launches An Application Program Interface To Assist Clinicians
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Trajectories — Missouri: Aim For Excellence
U.S. Surgeon General Releases First Report On Addiction In America
IQR Education Webinar Announced
Updated IPFQR Program Tools Available
Rural Health Conference Celebrates National Rural Health Day

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Launches An Application Program Interface To Assist Clinicians

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a new tool that automatically shares electronic data for the Medicare Quality Payment Program. CMS previously released the QPP website, which is an interactive tool to help clinicians understand and successfully participate in the program. Today’s release, the Application Program Interface, builds on the QPP website and makes it easier for organizations to retrieve and maintain the quality payment programs measures and allows for the building of applications for clinicians and their practices. Kate Goodrich, M.D., Director of the CMS Centers for Clinical Standards and Quality stated, “The API released today will continue CMS’ focus on user-driven design by providing developers and our partners the opportunity to turn our data into powerful applications. CMS is committed to collaborating with the organizations that doctors trust to make their lives easier, while supporting their efforts to improve the quality of care across America.”

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • CMS to release a comparative billing report on knee orthoses in January
  • 2016 hospital appeals settlement update call – December 12
  • Sunsetting of section 1011: emergency health services furnished to undocumented aliens
  • LTCH: clarification of immediately preceding hospitals for exclusion from site neutral payment rate


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Quality and Population Health


Trajectories — Missouri: Aim For Excellence

Staff Contact: Alison WilliamsNovember 2016 Trajectories

The November 2016 issue of Trajectories highlights Missouri hospitals’ successes in achieving the Triple Aim of better health and better care at lower costs.

Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant – FLEX Grant
Critical access hospitals provide essential, local health care services to rural Missouri residents and often function as a safety-net provider. The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant aims to improve access to preventive and emergency health care services for rural populations by improving quality outcomes, financial and operational excellence and population health for CAHs.

Missouri’s program was recently recognized by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy for outstanding quality performance improvement on measures that track emergency department transfer communication for 2014-2015. The results through 2016 show even greater improvement.

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U.S. Surgeon General Releases First Report On Addiction In America

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, M.D., MBA, has released "Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health." The report is the first from the office dedicated to substance addiction. The release is designed to raise the profile of the widespread epidemic and advocate for proven treatment options. Every $1 invested in viable treatment options for substance use disorders saves $4 in health care costs and $7 in criminal justice costs, according to the report. The report advocates for a paradigm shift on addiction that removes the stigma, creating more patients and less prisoners, stating, “Addiction is a chronic illness, not a character flaw or a moral failing. Stigma and shame have kept people from seeking help and weakened public investment.” Currently, one in seven Americans will face such disorders. Only 10 percent of those now addicted receive treatment, according to researchers.

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IQR Education Webinar Announced

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education webinar for participants in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program is scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. The webinar, “Common Errors for QRDA Category I Test & Production Files – Session II,” will provide an overview of several topics related to the mandatory electronic clinical quality measure submission process for hospital IQR and Medicare electronic health record incentive programs for calendar year 2016. Topics include the top ten eCQM quality reporting data architecture test and production file submission errors, tips to troubleshoot the errors, and a review of tools and reference materials to help facilities successfully submit files. Registration is required.

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Updated IPFQR Program Tools Available

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that new and updated resources, including program manual and abstraction tools, are available on the Quality Reporting Center to assist facilities participating in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program.

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Noteworthy


Rural Health Conference Celebrates National Rural Health Day

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Missouri Rural Health Get Link’d Conference ended yesterday, leading into today’s recognition of National Rural Health Day. The conference included discussion of rural health disparities, the rural health insurance marketplace, health transportation and various additional topics. Missouri Hospital Association staff attended and presented at the conference.

During the conference, Paul Moore, Senior Health Policy Advisor to the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, recognized the Hospital Industry Data Institute’s recent research on adverse childhood experiences. The topic was covered in a recent opinion submission in The Kansas City Star.

Today, on National Rural Health Day, MHA would like to recognize all of the dedicated health professionals providing essential care to rural Missourians.

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Consider This ...

In the U.S., 19.3 percent of the population — 59,492,276 people — live in rural areas.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau