MHA Today | February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
House Committee Approves Liability Reform Bill
MHA Announces Aim For Excellence Award Call For Applications
COCA Hosts Influenza Activity And Recommendations Call
CMS Announces QRDA Education Session
New Report Grades States On Telemedicine

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Missouri is one of seven states with the highest influenza activity this year. Tomorrow, an SME Spotlight article will feature the importance of influenza prevention and surveillance.

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state and federal health policy developments


House Committee Approves Liability Reform Bill

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

The House Special Committee on Litigation Reform has approved House Bill 452, which would revise medical liability law to reverse the Jefferson v. Missouri Baptist court decision. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield), will now move to the House Committee on Rules – Legislative Oversight, chaired by Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains), before it can be added to the House Calendar for debate. A similar bill, Senate Bill 237, sponsored by Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), is scheduled for debate in the Senate.

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Quality and Population Health


MHA Announces Aim For Excellence Award Call For Applications

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

MHA is accepting applications for the 2017 Aim for Excellence Award — an annual, prestigious award to recognize Missouri hospitals’ innovation and outcomes. The award will recognize up to six member organization- or team-based projects that address at least two of the three Triple Aim principles. Awards will be presented at MHA’s 95th Annual Convention & Trade Show. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 1.

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COCA Hosts Influenza Activity And Recommendations Call

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity is hosting a call at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, to discuss 2016-2017 influenza activity. During the call, recommendations for health care providers regarding vaccination and antiviral usage will be provided. Dial 888/469-3010 and enter passcode 3607519 to participate, or join by webinar. Following the call, the audio, slides and transcript will be made available.

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CMS Announces QRDA Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced an education session for hospitals participating in the hospital inpatient quality reporting and Medicare electronic health record incentive programs. The webinar, titled “How to Correct Common Schema Validation Errors for 2016 QRDA I Submission,” is scheduled at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Registration is required. The program will provide a technical review on the following topics.

  • common clinical document architecture schematron errors and the process for successfully testing, validating and submitting QRDA Category I documents
  • guidance on the device order, not done issue
  • guidance on single substance administration

Current and past QRDA implementation guides, schematrons and sample files are available in CMS’ eCQM Library and Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement Resource Center. Information related to the QRDA schematron is available online.

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Noteworthy


New Report Grades States On Telemedicine

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The American Telemedicine Association has released two reports comparing state performance in telemedicine. The Coverage and Reimbursement report compares telemedicine adoption for every state in the U.S., and the Physician Practice Standards and Licensure report reviews state laws and medical board standards. Missouri has shown significant improvement in Medicaid service coverage and conditions of payment since the 2016 report.

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Consider This ...

About 85 million Americans — one out of every three adults age 20 and older — have high blood pressure.

Source: American Heart Association