MHA Today | January 4, 2017

January 4, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
HRSA Issues Final Rule On 340B Prices And Penalties
CMS Releases Outpatient Quality Reporting Checklist
Commonwealth Fund Reports Shorter American Lifespan
Nichols Announces Resignation From Iron County Medical Center

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


HRSA Issues Final Rule On 340B Prices And Penalties

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has issued a final rule regarding ceiling price calculations and civil monetary penalties for the federal 340B drug discount program. Among other topics, it addresses fines for pharmaceutical manufacturers that prevent covered entities from receiving the ceiling price to which they are entitled. The final rule is slated for official publication in the Jan. 5 edition of the Federal Register.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Releases Outpatient Quality Reporting Checklist

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the third quarter 2016 outpatient quality reporting checklist. The deadline for submission of outpatient data is Wednesday, Feb. 1. Failure to submit data by the deadline puts a hospital at risk of a two-point reduction to the hospital’s 2018 outpatient PPS payment update.

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Commonwealth Fund Reports Shorter American Lifespan

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

The Commonwealth Fund has released a report showing a decline in life expectancy among Americans. According to the federal data released last month, it fell between 2014 and 2015, from 78.9 years to 78.8 years.

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CEO Announcements


Nichols Announces Resignation From Iron County Medical Center

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Terry Nichols, CEO of Iron County Medical Center in Pilot Knob, announced his resignation, effective March 4. He has served as CEO since September 2012. A search is underway for a permanent replacement. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.

Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology