MHA Today | December 22, 2016

December 22, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
CMS Publishes Marketplace Enrollment Update
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CMS Updates 2015 Provider Quality Data On Physician Compare
HHS Selects Missouri For CCBHC Demonstration Project
Hollis Announces Retirement From Ellett Memorial Hospital

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


CMS Publishes Marketplace Enrollment Update

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the enrollment snapshot ending Dec. 19. To date, 185,413 plan selections have been made by Missouri residents. This represents a 26.7 percent reduction through the same enrollment period for 2015, with 253,099 plan selections. Of the 185,413 plan selections for 2016, 89,680 are for residents in St. Louis. Nationally, more than 6.3 million have made plan selections.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


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.

  • increased transparency and quality information via new compare sites and data updates
  • new short-term program for evaluating payment patterns electronic report available
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services finalized new Medicare alternative payment models
  • hospice quality measure reports available


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Quality and Population Health


CMS Updates 2015 Provider Quality Data On Physician Compare

Staff Contact: Peter Rao

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released new provider quality data for public viewing on the Physician Compare website. The data includes 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System measure information for individual clinicians, group practices, accountable care organizations and non-PQRS-qualified clinical data registry data for individual clinicians. The website also includes patient satisfaction data for groups with more than 100 clinicians.

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Spotlight


HHS Selects Missouri For CCBHC Demonstration Project

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

Missouri is one of eight states selected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to participate in a two-year demonstration project aimed at improving access to behavioral health and substance abuse care. One of Missouri’s strengths that led to its selection is its comprehensive network of community behavioral health clinics. It is through these clinics that Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program recipients will benefit from the demonstration as they become certified. The seven other states that HHS selected for the demonstration program include Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania. States have until July 1, 2017, to begin their two-year demonstration programs.

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CEO Announcements


Hollis Announces Retirement From Ellett Memorial Hospital

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

C. Thomas Hollis, CEO of Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City, announced his retirement in early 2017. He has served as CEO since June 2015 and previously served as Chief Financial Officer for seven years. Melissa Fletcher, Chief Nursing Officer, will assume the role of Interim CEO, and Laura Smith, Director of Infection Control, will assume the role of Interim Chief Nursing Officer, effective Jan. 1. Hollis will be available to assist during the transition period. A search is being conducted for a permanent replacement. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

Today, at least four million households have children living in them that are being exposed to lead.

Source: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services