MHA Today | March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017
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In This Issue
U.S. House Committees Approve American Health Care Act
Missouri Senate Revises Bill To Speed Up Newborn Blood Sample Deadline
House Committee Reviews Any Willing Provider Legislation
HSCC Issues Updated Active Shooter Planning And Response Guide
CMS Reminds Hospitals Of Fourth Quarter 2016 HCAHPS Data Submission Deadline
CMS Announces OQR Education Session
Cooper County Memorial Hospital Names Interim CEO

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U.S. House Committees Approve American Health Care Act

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

After extended sessions of partisan debate, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee have approved the two parts of the American Health Care Act. The bill is the House Republican proposal to repeal and revamp various sections of the Affordable Care Act. The merged proposal is expected to be debated by the U.S. House Budget Committee next week.

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Missouri Senate Revises Bill To Speed Up Newborn Blood Sample Deadline

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

A state Senate committee has approved a new version of a bill on newborn blood screening that would require providers to submit the sample to the State Public Health Lab within 24 hours. The bill is House Bill 66. The version of the bill passed by the House of Representatives authorized testing for new diseases, but did not speed up the submission deadline.

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House Committee Reviews Any Willing Provider Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

A House committee held a hearing on House Bill 388, which would create an “Any Willing Provider” standard for insurer networks. If enacted, any provider willing to accept the insurer’s contractual terms and standard payment rate must be allowed to contract with the insurer.

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Quality and Population Health


HSCC Issues Updated Active Shooter Planning And Response Guide

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council has issued the third edition of the Active Shooter Planning and Response Guide. The guide is designed to assist health care staff in choosing the best option during an active shooter situation, with the goal of maximizing lives saved. The revision includes information on providing care in warm zones — where threats may exist, but are not direct — in addition to law enforcement tactics, unified command and psychological support.

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CMS Reminds Hospitals Of Fourth Quarter 2016 HCAHPS Data Submission Deadline

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The submission deadline for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems patient perspectives on care survey data for fourth quarter 2016 discharges (Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2016) is Wednesday, April 5. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services encourages all hospitals to submit data at least two days before the deadline to allow time to address any submission issues. Inpatient PPS hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program must collect and submit HCAHPS data to qualify to receive their full annual payment update. Non-IPPS hospitals must meet the same submission deadline for their data to be published on Hospital Compare.

The review and correction period is Thursday, April 6, to Wednesday, April 12, during which participating hospitals and survey vendors have the opportunity to access and review the HCAHPS data review and correction report. The report includes a summary of the data accepted into the warehouse for the quarter. New data are not accepted into the warehouse during the review and correction period. However, errors in data accepted into the warehouse by the April 5 deadline can be corrected during this period and resubmitted.

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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 has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 15. The webinar, titled “CMS Abstraction & Reporting Tool (CART): Knowing the Basics,” will be offered at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration is required.

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CEO Announcements


Cooper County Memorial Hospital Names Interim CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Mark Hirshberg has been named Interim CEO of Cooper County Memorial Hospital in Boonville, effective March 7. He will replace Danielle Gearhart, who will be leaving March 17 after serving as CEO since April 2014. Hirshberg most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for 11 years. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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