MHA Today | November 29, 2016

November 29, 2016

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Congressional Budget Office Projects Cost Of Pending Health Bill
Price Nominated To Lead HHS, Verma To Lead CMS
DSS Children’s Division Unveils Online Reporting System
CMS Clarifies Year Two Activities In Infection Control Pilot Project
MHA Hosts Expanded Newborn Screening Requirements Webinar
Zika Educational Opportunities Available
CMS Updates IPFQR Program Known Issues Document


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Wednesday, Dec. 7
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Congressional Budget Office Projects Cost Of Pending Health Bill

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Congressional Budget Office has issued its estimate of the costs and savings of the pending federal 21st Century Cures legislation recently unveiled. The bill is slated for debate and a possible vote on Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives. If approved, it will move to the U.S. Senate for ratification.

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Price Nominated To Lead HHS, Verma To Lead CMS

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Price is an orthopedic surgeon and chair of the U.S. House Budget Committee. He also serves on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, which reviews most federal health legislation. Price is the author of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which has been compared to other Republican plans. Seema Verma will be nominated as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She is a health care consultant involved in developing Indiana’s Medicaid expansion waiver under then-Gov. Mike Pence, now the Vice President-elect.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


DSS Children’s Division Unveils Online Reporting System

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jim Mikes

The Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division has developed an online reporting system for mandated reporters. The system is designed only for nonemergency child abuse and neglect reporting, and provides much-needed flexibility.

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CMS Clarifies Year Two Activities In Infection Control Pilot Project

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a survey and certification memo outlining 2017 objectives in its three-year pilot project to improve assessment of infection control and prevention regulations. The second year activities will include changes to the pilot nursing facility and hospital infection control worksheets used during the pilot surveys. The pilot project was conducted in 10 hospitals during year one (2016). In 2017, 40 hospitals and a corresponding nursing facility that receives patients from/sends patients to the identified hospital, will be included. CMS notes that deficiencies are not being cited during the pilot unless there is an immediate jeopardy situation. The corresponding worksheets currently are not being included in routine CMS surveys.

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MHA Hosts Expanded Newborn Screening Requirements Webinar

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

MHA is hosting a webinar at noon, Thursday, Jan. 19, titled “Severe Combined Immunodeficiency and Newborn Screening in Missouri.” SCID is a rare, genetic disorder that can be fatal without early intervention, and early detection through newborn screening can be life-saving. Amber Bryant, R.N., with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Newborn Screening Program, will review how SCID is diagnosed and treated, screening protocols, and important considerations for health care workers and families. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session. Register online.

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Quality and Population Health


Zika Educational Opportunities Available

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is hosting a webinar on Zika laboratory testing guidance at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Participants will review the updated recommendations for testing guidance and understand their role in testing specimens collected from patients. In addition, subject matter experts from the CDC, the American Society for Microbiology, and the Association of Public Health Laboratories, will discuss changes to CDC’s Trioplex Real-time RT-PCR (rRT-PCR) Assay Emergency Use Authorization, examine the use of non-CDC developed assays, and review recommendations for plaque reduction neutralization testing in Puerto Rico. Dial 888/982-4696 or click here to participate.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC are hosting a webinar, “Recognizing Microcephaly and Other Presentations of Zika Virus Syndrome,” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The webinar will provide an overview of the neurodevelopmental manifestations of congenital Zika virus syndrome. Expert speakers will discuss how to monitor symptomatic and asymptomatic infants, including how to collaborate with specialists to ensure a continuum of care. Dial 844/216-1726 and enter passcode 18985179 to participate. Register online.

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CMS Updates IPFQR Program Known Issues Document

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the known issues document associated with the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program. The document has been updated with issue resolutions and newly identified issues, and is available on QualityNet.

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Consider This ...

Women with diabetes have a 40 percent greater risk of developing heart disease and a 25 percent greater risk of stroke than men with diabetes.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention