MHA Today | November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016
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Editor’s Note: MHA Today will not be published Thursday, Nov. 24, or Friday, Nov. 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Publication will resume Monday, Nov. 28.

In This Issue
CMS Announces Quality Measures Under Consideration
DMH Offers Autism Spectrum Disorder Training
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Trajectories — Missouri: Aim for Excellence
AHA Webinar Examines Strategies To Prevent Workplace Violence

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Announces Quality Measures Under Consideration

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the release of the final measures under consideration for multistakeholder input. CMS has been rapidly moving toward a Medicare system that rewards high-quality care at a lower cost. The new items for consideration are sent to the National Quality Forum for input from patients, clinicians, commercial payers and purchasers. This year’s list includes 97 measures. Some of the new measures include the following.

  • hospice patient satisfaction
  • psychiatric medicine reconciliation
  • tobacco use screening and adult local current smoking prevalence
  • HIV visit frequency
  • ambulatory surgery center-level rate of unplanned hospital visits within seven days of an orthopedic procedure performed in an ASC
  • follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness
  • safe use of opioids
  • alcohol use screening


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DMH Offers Autism Spectrum Disorder Training

Staff Contact: Steve Renne

The Department of Mental Health, Office of Autism Services has produced a web-based autism spectrum disorder training module. The training meets continuing education requirements for Missouri peace officers and emergency medical services personnel. It is offered at no cost for a period of three years.

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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.

  • 2017 physician quality reporting system results: submit an informal review by Wednesday, Nov. 30
  • comments due on the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 cross-setting quality measures
  • reprocessing of some inpatient PPS claims
  • value modifier: informal review request period open through Nov. 30
  • hospital-acquired conditions and present on admission indicator reporting provision fact sheet


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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. MHA launched an innovative initiative aligned with the Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 project through the release of five immersion pilot projects in October 2015. The projects help Missouri hospitals improve care that lags in comparison to national rates. Immersion projects provide a time-limited, structured framework to support members through implementing recommended, existing evidence-based practices for clinically relevant topics. Projects also use subject matter expertise and valuable resources to support practice improvements. These projects are designed to immerse hospital teams in the selected topic(s) to drive and sustain improvement.

More than 50 unique hospitals engaged in more than 90 projects focused on readmissions/care transitions, sepsis, fall prevention, catheter-associated urinary tract infections and preeclampsia management in the obstetrics population. These projects, which ended in October, provided an advanced method of organizing the implementation of evidence-based practice by combining the practice updates with process improvement methodology.

MHA will continue the immersion projects through future topics — the Antibiotic Stewardship Program Immersion Project launches this month and the Workplace Violence Reduction Immersion Project launches in January 2017. Second cohorts of the readmissions/care transitions and sepsis immersions also are scheduled for early 2017.

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Workforce News


AHA Webinar Examines Strategies To Prevent Workplace Violence

Staff Contact: Meredith Kenyon

The American Hospital Association is hosting its next webinar in the Hospitals Against Violence educational series at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Speakers Chris DeRienzo, M.D., Chief Quality Officer, and Sonya Greck, R.N., Senior Vice President, both from Mission Health in Asheville, N.C., will discuss their efforts to decrease and prevent workplace injuries, and review steps that hospitals and health systems can take to mitigate violence within their organizations. Register online.

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Consider This ...

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. surpassing breast cancer. It is expected to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. by the year 2030, surpassing colorectal cancer.

Source: Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research