MHA Today | December 29, 2016

December 29, 2016
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In This Issue
CMS Releases Inpatient Quality Reporting Checklist
CMS Releases OQR Specifications Manual Version 10.0a
Nance Retires From Excelsior Springs Hospital

Quality and Population Health


CMS Releases Inpatient Quality Reporting Checklist

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released the third quarter 2016 inpatient quality reporting checklist. The checklist will assist hospitals in determining necessary steps for submitting data and running reports to review data submissions for the upcoming deadlines.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 4 — Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1 — Population and Sampling
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 — Chart-Abstracted Clinical, Health Care-Associated Infection and PC-01
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 — Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (minimum of four eCQMs for either third quarter 2016 or fourth quarter 2016)


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CMS Releases OQR Specifications Manual Version 10.0a

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Specifications Manual version 10.0a effective with discharges Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017. Major changes in the release include the following.

  • revision of the manual publication schedule to encompass a 12-month encounter period
  • inclusion of the version 10.0 release notes for reference
  • revision of the term “web-based measure” to “measures submitted via a web-based tool”
  • clarifications for both OP-27 and OP-32
  • updates to OP-33
  • update to Appendix D

The manual is available on QualityNet. A complete list of the changes is available in the release notes for versions 10.0 and 10.0a.

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CEO Announcements


Nance Retires From Excelsior Springs Hospital

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Sally Nance, CEO of Excelsior Springs Hospital, retired effective Dec. 23. She served as CEO since August 1991 and also served on the MHA Board of Trustees for five years. Nanette Houck, Assistant Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer, will serve as Interim CEO until a successor is named. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

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Source: The New York Times