MHA Today | March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
CDC Considers Making A Third MMR Dose Available
CMS Announces OQR Education Session
CMS Requests Updates To Hospital Contact Information

Quality and Population Health


CDC Considers Making A Third MMR Dose Available

Staff Contacts: Alison Williams or Jackie Gatz

Increasing mumps outbreaks in the U.S. are prompting federal health officials to investigate the efficacy of an additional dose of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, as well as managing waning mumps immunity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s viral diseases expert, Mona Marin, told the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that state and local health officials have expressed interest in implementing a third MMR dose to prevent mumps outbreaks. More than 5,000 cases of the contagious viral illness were reported last year in the U.S., the most in a decade, with many cases occurring on college campuses.

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CMS Announces OQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The next education session for hospitals participating in the Outpatient Quality Reporting Program is scheduled on Wednesday, March 15. The webinar, “CMS Abstraction & Reporting Tool (CART): Knowing the Basics,” is offered at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The presentation will demonstrate how to export abstractions and submit data into the QualityNet secure file transfer. Registration is required.

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CMS Requests Updates To Hospital Contact Information

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services uses information in their provider contact database to provide critical targeted communication to hospitals about meeting the requirements of quality reporting programs. CMS conducts a biannual contact review, but encourages hospitals to provide updates any time there are changes to key hospital staff. The fillable hospital contact change form can be submitted by secure fax or email.

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Consider This ...

Rectal cancers are rising faster than cancers in other parts of the large intestine or colon. The American Cancer Society estimates about 13,500 new cases of colon and rectal cancers will be diagnosed in Americans younger than 50 this year, with more than 95,500 cases of colon cancer and nearly 40,000 cases of rectal cancer in all age groups.

Source: The New York Times