MHA Today | April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
NQF Advocates For Quality Measurement Reduction
TJC Seeks Comments On Proposed Suicide Prevention Revisions
CMS Announces 60-Day Period For CLFS Enforcement Discretion
CMS Proposes Delay Of Home Health CoPs
AAP Hosts Zika Update Webinar
MO HealthNet Posts Clinical Practice Guidelines
MHPPS Offers Free Recruiting Workshop
NRHA Announces April Webinars

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Key issues in the Missouri House of Representatives include a vote on the prescription drug monitoring program and a vote on the budget.

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


NQF Advocates For Quality Measurement Reduction

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Sherry Buschjost

Through the Measures Applications Partnership, the National Quality Forum has submitted a report to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services supporting a decrease in the number of quality metrics required to be submitted by 51, as a part of its pre-rule making process. In the report, MAP emphasized the value that appropriate measurement brings to health care improvement, while ensuring a person-centered approach to health care delivery. They also emphasized the need for decreasing regulatory burden, ensuring measures really matter; the role of evidence-based decisions; and the need to study sociodemographic impact further.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


TJC Seeks Comments On Proposed Suicide Prevention Revisions

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Joint Commission is accepting comments on its proposed suicide prevention standards to meet National Patient Safety Goal 15.01.01 for suicide prevention in health care facilities. The comment period is open for acute care, critical access hospitals and behavioral health, and will close Monday, May 1.

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CMS Announces 60-Day Period For CLFS Enforcement Discretion

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it will exercise enforcement discretion until Tuesday, May 30, with respect to the data reporting period for reporting applicable information under the Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and the application of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary’s potential assessment of civil monetary penalties for failure to report applicable information. This enforcement discretion applies to entities that are subject to the data reporting requirements adopted in the Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests Payment System final rule published on June 23, 2016 (81 FR 41036). Questions should be directed to CMS.

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CMS Proposes Delay Of Home Health CoPs

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule that would delay the effective date for the “Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies” final rule. The final rule was published on Jan. 13 with an effective date of Thursday, July 13. The proposed rule would delay the effective date for an additional six months until January 13, 2018. The proposed rule also would make two conforming changes to dates included in the regulations text. MHA has published an issue brief with additional information.

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Quality and Population Health


AAP Hosts Zika Update Webinar

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The American Academy of Pediatrics is hosting a Zika update webinar at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 11. Speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AAP’s Committee on Fetus and Newborn, and AAP’s Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council, will share the latest information and recommendations for Zika awareness. Registration is required. Questions to be addressed during the webinar can be emailed in advance or submitted during the live Q&A portion.

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MO HealthNet Posts Clinical Practice Guidelines

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet has posted a reminder of the clinical practice guidelines set out by the American Diabetes Association with consensus from the American Psychiatric Association, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. The reminder recommends that patients receiving atypical antipsychotic therapy should be monitored for Metabolic Syndrome. Identifying and managing metabolic changes as part of atypical antipsychotics therapy can have a significant positive impact on patients’ health and life expectancy.

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Workforce News


MHPPS Offers Free Recruiting Workshop

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Missouri Health Professional Placement Services will offer a free one-day workshop in Jefferson City on Tuesday, April 25. Registration is required. The workshop will focus on the following.

  • identifying your community’s and organization’s unique selling points
  • recognizing candidates that fit and match your organization
  • free and low cost ways to communicate your strengths
  • why it’s important to invest in your challenges


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Noteworthy


NRHA Announces April Webinars

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The National Rural Health Association is offering the following webinars in April. Additional details are available.



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Consider This ...

April is Autism Awareness Month. About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder.

Source: Autism Society