MHA Today | December 5, 2016

December 5, 2016

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
DEA Announces No Grace Period For Renewals
CMS Schedules Webinar For HAC Reduction Program, Hospital VBP Program And HRRP
CMS Releases Supplemental Document To OQR Specifications Manual

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Expect U.S. Senate action on the 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House last week. It will then go to the President for his signature.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


DEA Announces No Grace Period For Renewals

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced an important change to its registration renewal process. Even though not required, the DEA previously allowed practitioners to have a grace period if they missed the deadline to renew their DEA application. Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the DEA will send only one renewal notification. The notice will be delivered to the registrant’s “mail to” address about 65 days before the expiration date. Failure to file a renewal application by midnight of the expiration date will retire the DEA number with no option for reinstatement; therefore, a new application must be filed.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Schedules Webinar For HAC Reduction Program, Hospital VBP Program And HRRP

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education webinar for participants in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing, Hospital Readmissions Reduction and Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction programs is scheduled at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. The webinar, titled “Fiscal Year 2017 HAC Reduction Program, Hospital VBP Program, and HRRP: Hospital Compare Data Update,” will provide an overview of the publicly reported data and information available for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ inpatient hospital pay-for-performance programs. Registration is required.

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CMS Releases Supplemental Document To OQR Specifications Manual

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has determined that a supplemental document to the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program Specifications Manual versions 9.0a and 9.1 is required for encounters beginning Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016. The supplemental documents provide updated categories and HCPCS for OP-26 — Hospital Outpatient Volume on Selected Outpatient Surgical Procedures — and are available on QualityNet. The updated codes are to be used for the data submission period beginning Jan. 1, 2017, through May 15, 2017.

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Consider This ...

Tobacco use causes at least 12 types of cancer, and cigarette smoking causes 3 in 10 of all cancer deaths.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention