MHA Today | March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
MHA Distributes FFY 2018 Medicare VBP Projection
MHA Announces Visionary Leadership Award Call For Nominations
CMS Releases Updated QRDA Category I Conformance Statement Resource
HIDI Releases Enhanced Quality Reports
March 5-11 Marks Severe Weather Awareness Week
CMS Schedules Call To Discuss PAC Patient Assessment

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Expect congressional committee action this week on Affordable Care Act repeal/replace. MHA has resources online to assist in contacting your representative and senators.

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state and federal health policy developments


MHA Distributes FFY 2018 Medicare VBP Projection

Staff Contacts: Andrew Wheeler or Peter Rao

To assist member hospitals in preparing for the effects of future reimbursement changes relating to the Medicare Value-Based Purchasing Program, MHA is providing an analysis of the fourth quarter 2016 data found in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare database. Fourth quarter 2016 data is used to project the effects of the federal fiscal year 2018 Medicare VBP Program.

The latest release indicates that the VBP effect on PPS hospital finances in Missouri is estimated to increase operating payments by $965,100. These results are based on the latest available VBP data, which use different baseline and performance date ranges than the actual FFY 2018 program. Policy and analytic studies are made available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage.®

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Quality and Population Health


MHA Announces Visionary Leadership Award Call For Nominations

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

The 2017 MHA Visionary Leadership Award call for nominations is open, and nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, May 5. The award recognizes innovative service and program initiatives led by the CEO that result in improved clinical and population-based health outcomes. Focus areas include access to quality care within the community, improved clinical outcomes, care coordination between the community and acute-care settings of chronic diseases, improved safety outcomes, or partnerships to address population-health issues.

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CMS Releases Updated QRDA Category I Conformance Statement Resource

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released an updated interactive version of the Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category I Conformance Statement Resource. The update includes an overview and troubleshooting information for a total of 29 conformance errors. The resource is posted in the eCQM resource section of the Quality Reporting Center website.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Enhanced Quality Reports

Staff Contacts: Josette Bax or Cerise Seifert

The Hospital Industry Data Institute has expanded functionality for selected quality reports. The expanded reports now include drill-through capabilities to access hospital-specific patient-level information for hospital-acquired conditions and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-defined measures. HAC data can be accessed using drill-through capabilities from the executive hospital-acquired conditions dashboard, and AHRQ measures from the AHRQ provider-level measures report. The reports are updated quarterly and available to authorized HIDI Analytic Advantage® quality users, and can be found on HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS. These report enhancements will be highlighted during the Tuesday, March 28, HIDI monthly focus session webinar. Contact HIDI for assistance with HIDI Analytic Advantage® access.

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Noteworthy


March 5-11 Marks Severe Weather Awareness Week

Staff Contact: Stacie Hollis

The National Weather Service and the State Emergency Management Agency have declared the week of March 5-11 as Severe Weather Awareness Week for Missouri. The goal of the week is simple: SAVE LIVES! The best way to save lives is to be prepared, have a basic knowledge of severe weather safety rules, and have a severe weather plan in place. Knowing what to do or where to go when severe weather threatens can be the difference between life and death. The Annual Missouri Severe Weather Drill will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 7. Visit NWS’s website for more information.

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CMS Schedules Call To Discuss PAC Patient Assessment

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled a Medicare Learning Network call to discuss the standardized patient assessment activities for post-acute care at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. During the call, participants will learn about efforts to develop, implement and maintain standardized post-acute care patient assessment data, including pilot testing results and plans for upcoming national field testing. Registration is required.

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Consider This ...

In 2016, there were 18 tornadoes in Missouri. The record for the most tornadoes that touched down in one year in the state was 102 in 2006.

Source: National Weather Service