MHA Today | March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017

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In This Issue
Ranken Jordan Keeps Children With Medical Complexities Safe While Improving Outcomes
President Trump Releases Proposed Budget
Missouri House Finalizes Medical Liability Legislation
CMS Announces Education Session
CMS Updates IQR Known Issues Document
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
David Sindelar, CEO Of St. Anthony’s, Passes Away

Spotlight


Ranken Jordan Keeps Children With Medical Complexities Safe While Improving Outcomes

Staff Contact: Jessica Rowden PRankenJordan

In honor of National Patient Safety Week, MHA is featuring patient safety efforts at hospitals throughout the state. Today, we recognize safety efforts at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital in St. Louis.

The best way to keep pediatric patients safe is to help them build the skills they need to succeed after discharge. Ranken Jordan serves children with medical complexities from birth to age 21 — during the period that occurs after discharge from acute care hospitals and before they are well enough to safely transition home.

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The hospital’s unique care model — Care Beyond the Bedside — provides a multidisciplinary, family-centered approach, designed to optimize a child’s medical, developmental and functional recovery and enhance the chances of a successful transition home. Despite their ongoing acute care needs, patients at Ranken Jordan are up, dressed and out of their rooms for up to two-thirds of their day. Patients are engaged in a full complement of life-changing therapies, as well as supervised play, learning, socializing, community integration excursions and adaptive sports. This is true whether they are ventilator dependent, have paralysis, require feeding tubes or need a dozen or more prescribed medications administered daily.

Families — who are always welcome at Ranken Jordan — are amazed at what their kids are able to do within days of arrival. Ranken Jordan's goal is to maintain high levels of quality and safety in a homelike environment.

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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


President Trump Releases Proposed Budget

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

President Trump released his proposed budget, “America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” The proposal includes a $15.1 billion reduction from the 2017 annualized continuing resolution spending for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — nearly 18 percent. The major components of the HHS portion of the proposal include additional funding to prevent fraud, and promote high quality and efficient care; reforms to key public health, emergency preparedness and prevention programs; and reductions in health professions and nursing training program funding.

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Missouri House Finalizes Medical Liability Legislation

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

The Missouri House of Representatives has given final approval to House Bill 452. The bill would revise medical liability law to reverse the Jefferson v. Missouri Baptist court ruling. The effect will be to narrow hospital liability for those who are not hospital employees. The bill will now move to the Missouri Senate for consideration.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled an outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program for 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. The webinar, titled “Updates on Patient Safety Indicators for Use in CMS Programs,” will provide an overview of the new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality PSI 90 composite used in the IQR Program, HAC Reduction Program and the Hospital Compare overall hospital quality star rating system. Registration is required.

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CMS Updates IQR Known Issues Document

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the known issues document associated with the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. The updates, which are available on QualityNet, include newly identified issues and issue resolutions.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • comparative billing report on subomotor functions testing in April
  • inpatient skilled nursing facility denials
  • rural health clinic fact sheet revisions
  • inpatient rehabilitation and long-term care hospital quality reporting program preview reports available: review by Thursday, March 30

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Noteworthy


David Sindelar, CEO Of St. Anthony’s, Passes Away

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

David Sindelar, CEO of St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, passed away on March 11. He had served as CEO since September 2015. Bill Hoefer, Chief Operating Officer, will serve as the primary contact until an interim or permanent CEO is named.

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Consider This ...

Between 2011 and 2014, Missouri experienced a 38 percent increase in children with medically complex conditions.

Source: Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital