MHA Today | January 18, 2017

January 18, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Gov. Greitens Presents State Of The State Address
State Legislators Hold Hearings On Health, Tort Reform Bills
MHA Distributes Financial Indicators Analysis
CMS Updates Known Issues Documents
TJC Sets Deadlines For Returning 2017 ORYX Measure Set Selections
HIDI Releases Fourth Quarter FFY 2016 Inpatient, Outpatient Databases
Rusk Rehabilitation Center Names New CEO

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Gov. Greitens Presents State Of The State Address

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Gov. Eric Greitens presented his 2017 State of the State address to the Missouri General Assembly on the evening of Jan. 17. The annual address describes the governor’s priorities for the state legislative session. Traditionally, it also is the forum for a governor to present the state’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, starting the process of legislative debate. Gov. Greitens opted to postpone the release of the proposed budget, but did call for legislators to enact tort reform, right-to-work laws and ethics reform. He also called for a smaller but better-paid state employee workforce, and said his administration will focus on finding and repealing unnecessary or unduly burdensome regulations. The speech also addressed such topics as education, public safety and welfare dependency.

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State Legislators Hold Hearings On Health, Tort Reform Bills

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

Today, state legislative committees held hearings on several health-related bills. The Senate Government Reform committee reviewed Senate Bill 237, which would revise medical liability law to reverse the Jefferson v. Missouri Baptist court decision. Dana Frese, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Healthcare Services Group, testified in support of the legislation on behalf of MHA. The committee hearing also considered various other tort reform proposals. The Senate Health and Pensions committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 97, which would mandate hospitals to have sepsis protocols that have been reviewed and approved by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. MHA staff reiterated the importance of managing sepsis, but opposed the bill as written because of concerns about its inflexibility and regulatory challenges. The Health and Pensions committee also reviewed Senate Bill 117, which would require hospitals and a variety of other facilities inspected by DHSS to mandate and document that all employees and volunteers be vaccinated against influenza. MHA joined others in expressing concerns about the bill, noting that it would impose additional regulatory burdens on all hospitals without significantly improving hospital vaccination rates.

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MHA Distributes Financial Indicators Analysis

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA has made available a financial indicator analysis that provides comparative financial metrics for individual hospitals compared to national benchmarks. The analysis uses standard accepted formulas as defined and published by various rating agencies. The source for the financial information is from the third quarter 2016 Healthcare Cost Report Information System database, which includes the Medicare cost report data. MHA has posted the files to HIDI Analytic Advantage® for review.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Updates Known Issues Documents

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the known issues document associated with the inpatient quality reporting and electronic health record incentive programs. The documents have been updated with issue resolutions and newly identified issues, and are available on QualityNet.

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TJC Sets Deadlines For Returning 2017 ORYX Measure Set Selections

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission recently sent communication to its accredited hospitals that included detailed instructions related to 2017 ORYX measure selections. Hospital measure selections and any extenuating circumstance forms must be returned to TJC by Friday, Feb. 10.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Fourth Quarter FFY 2016 Inpatient, Outpatient Databases

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The fourth quarter federal fiscal year 2016 inpatient and outpatient databases, including HIDI-reporting hospitals in Missouri, Illinois (but excluding hospitals in Kansas City, Kan. for the fourth quarter), are available for download to subscribers of the Premier Data Package on HIDI Analytic Advantage.® These databases will be updated to include the Kansas City, Kan., hospital data for the fourth quarter in the coming weeks. The databases consist of a patient-level limited dataset, including all HIDI-reported discharges and visits to hospitals. Files are delivered as both text files and ready-to-query Microsoft Access database files. The files are located in the “Strategic Planning/Premier Data” section and are organized in the following categories.

  • Q1-Q4 FFY2016, Inpatient
  • Q1-Q4 FFY2016, Outpatient Classified
  • Q1-Q4 FFY2016, Outpatient Unclassified

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the 2017 HIDI Premier Data Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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CEO Announcements


Rusk Rehabilitation Center Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen John M Dawes

John M. Dawes has been named CEO of Rusk Rehabilitation Center in Columbia, effective Jan. 16. Dawes has more than 35 years of health care leadership experience. He succeeds Larry Meeker, who resigned in September 2016. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

This week is Healthy Weight Week. About 2 percent of all adults in the U.S. (as many as 4 million Americans) have a binge eating disorder. The disorder affects women slightly more often than men.

Source: WomensHealth.gov