MHA Today | January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
MHA Releases Annual Community Investment Report
CBO Estimates Repealing Portions Of ACA Would Affect Coverage And Premiums
CMS Issues Medicaid Managed Care Supplemental Payments Final Rule
CMS Reminds IPFQR Facilities To Enroll With NHSN
CMS Seeks Nominations For The IPFQR Technical Expert Panel
TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Webinar
HHS Releases Trauma-Informed Resource Guide
HIDI Releases Third Quarter 2016 VBP Payments Model


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MHA Releases Annual Community Investment Report

Staff Contact: Mary Becker

Today, MHA released its 12th annual community investment report on the financial investments hospitals provide their communities through community benefit and economic impact. Hospital-specific data is available on the Focus on Hospitals website.

The report reflects 2015 data from 117 Missouri hospitals and shows that Missouri hospitals delivered $2.7 billion in community benefit — including $1.2 billion in uncompensated care — to communities throughout the state. Although it remains high, for the first time in a decade, hospitals’ uncompensated care totals decreased slightly — approximately $100 million between 2014 and 2015 — indicating more Missourians had access to insurance or were able to pay for their care. Total community benefit remained stable as hospitals shifted resources to support their communities in other ways.

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CBO Estimates Repealing Portions Of ACA Would Affect Coverage And Premiums

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Congressional Budget Office released a document which projects the effects if portions of the Affordable Care Act were repealed. If the law’s mandated penalties and subsidies were removed, and the insurance market reforms were left in place, the CBO estimates that the number of uninsured people would increase by 18 million in the first new plan year. The number of uninsured would increase to 32 million by the year 2026. The CBO also estimates that premiums in the nongroup market (for individual policies purchased through the marketplaces or directly from insurers) would increase by 20 to 25 percent in the first new plan year and would double by 2026.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Issues Medicaid Managed Care Supplemental Payments Final Rule

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Kim Duggan

In the waning days of the Obama administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued final regulations on the topic of supplemental payments in Medicaid managed care. The regulations are slated to be formally published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The effective date is 60 days after publication.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Reminds IPFQR Facilities To Enroll With NHSN

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

All facilities participating in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program must be enrolled with the National Healthcare Safety Network to submit influenza vaccination among health care personnel measure data. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recommends IPFs that are already enrolled with NHSN to login in advance of the submission deadline to avoid potential access issues. IPFs not enrolled with NHSN are advised to begin the enrollment process as soon as possible because processing time is approximately four to six weeks. Failure to initiate enrollment with NHSN before Friday, March 3, may jeopardize an IPF’s ability to submit and verify submission of accurate influenza vaccination among HCP measure data before the Monday, May 15, submission deadline. Failure to do so may result in a 2 percentage point reduction in their fiscal year 2018 annual payment update from CMS. NHSN resources are available.

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CMS Seeks Nominations For The IPFQR Technical Expert Panel

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has contracted with Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., to develop new quality measures for possible inclusion in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program and to maintain and re-evaluate existing measures in the IPFQR Program. As part of this work, HSAG is forming a technical expert panel composed of front-line clinicians, providers, vendors, professional societies and patients/caregivers to provide expertise and input. CMS requests that nominations for panel members be submitted by Friday, Jan. 20. The nomination form and additional information about the project is available online.

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TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Webinar

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

Pioneers in Quality is a program launched in 2016 by The Joint Commission to assist hospitals on their journey toward electronic clinical quality measure adoption. Throughout the course of 2016, an abundance of resources were made available on the Pioneers in Quality portal. TJC’s “Kickoff to Hospital eCQM Reporting in 2017” live discussion is scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. A Q&A session will be provided. Any questions to be addressed during the webinar should be emailed in advance. Registration is required. Space is limited and registration will close when maximum capacity is reached.

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HHS Releases Trauma-Informed Resource Guide

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson, Jackie Gatz or Alison Williams

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, through the collaborative efforts of several human services agencies, has released a guide to trauma-informed care. The guide explains why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a “road map” to find relevant resources. MHA is offering an educational session on trauma-informed care at its 8th Annual Behavioral Health Conference in April. Additional resources can be found on MHA’s S.A.F.E.R. webpage.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Third Quarter 2016 VBP Payments Model

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The Value-Based Purchasing Payments Model is a companion utility to the VBP Analysis that was produced for hospitals on Dec. 21, 2016. The VBP Payments Model is an interactive tool that provides hospitals with the ability to manipulate their hospital-specific quality scores to evaluate the associated change to estimated VBP payments. The VBP Payments Model is provided to subscribers of the 2017 Premier Reporting Package. The modeling utility is located on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the “Finance and Policy/Premier Reports” or “Quality/Premier Reports” folders, with the following file name: MOxxxx_VBP FFY2018 Payments Model_2016_Q3_(2017.01.16).xls. Hospitals interested in subscribing to the HIDI Premier Report Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Consider This ...

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Nearly 13,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is virtually always preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening.

Source: National Cervical Cancer Coalition