MHA Today | April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
State House Approves Prescription Drug Monitoring Legislation
House Advances Medicaid Waiver Task Force Bill
CMS Finalizes 2018 Medicare Advantage And Part D Updates
MHA Award Reminders: Aim for Excellence, Visionary Leadership
FLEX Program Releases Educational Resources For Participating CAHs
CMS Releases Inpatient Quality Reporting Checklist
AHA Urges MedPAC To Delay Vote

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


State House Approves Prescription Drug Monitoring Legislation

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

By a margin of 102 to 54, the Missouri House of Representatives has given its final approval to House Bill 90. Sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder, the bill would authorize the creation of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. The bill now moves to the Missouri Senate. MHA participates in a broad coalition supporting the bill and used social media to encourage PDMP supporters to contact their state legislators. More than 350 contacts were made. MHA appreciates their engagement.

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House Advances Medicaid Waiver Task Force Bill

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The state House of Representatives has given its final approval to House Bill 780. The bill now moves to the Senate. The legislation would create a “State Innovation Waiver Task Force,” charged with developing legislative recommendations and a draft application for a “state innovation waiver” as authorized by the Affordable Care Act. The task force would complete its work by Thursday, Aug. 24, with the proposed waiver to take effect in 2018.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Finalizes 2018 Medicare Advantage And Part D Updates

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the final updates to the 2018 Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug program. The MA payment growth rate will increase from .25 percent as announced in the Advance Notice to 0.45 percent; 2.95 percent when including the coding trend updates. CMS Administrator Seema Verma stated, “Medicare is committed to strengthening Medicare Advantage and the Prescription Drug Program by supporting flexibility and efficiency. These programs have been successful in allowing innovative approaches that give Medicare enrollees options that best fit their individual needs.” In addition to the updates, CMS is seeking comments and ideas for regulatory and sub-regulatory changes that promote transparency and flexibility in the MA and Part D programs. Comments are due Monday, April 24.

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Quality and Population Health


MHA Award Reminders: Aim for Excellence, Visionary Leadership

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

MHA is offering two prestigious awards to recognize the sustained improvements of its member hospitals — the Aim for Excellence Award and the Visionary Leadership Award. Both awards will be presented at MHA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show in November.

The Aim for Excellence Award identifies and honors organization- or team-based projects that address at least two of the three Triple Aim principles — better health, better care and lower costs. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 1.

The Visionary Leadership Award recognizes outstanding achievements in clinical and health outcomes by a hospital or health system chief executive. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, May 5. When completing an application, consider the nominee’s role and accomplishments that extend beyond the hospital.

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FLEX Program Releases Educational Resources For Participating CAHs

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga

The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program released a new orientation and overview of educational resources for all critical access hospitals that participate in the program. The resources provide individuals with a basic knowledge of the different aspects of the grant: quality reporting and improvement; financial and operational excellence; and population health management. These short presentations are designed for hospital teams new to the FLEX grant or new to health care.

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CMS Releases Inpatient Quality Reporting Checklist

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released the fourth quarter 2016 inpatient quality reporting checklist. The checklist will assist hospitals in determining necessary steps for submitting data and running reports to review data submissions for the upcoming deadlines. CMS encourages all participating hospitals to submit data at least two days before the deadline to allow time to address any submission issues.

  • Wednesday, April 5 — Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey
  • Monday, May 1 — Population and Sampling
  • Monday, May 15 — Chart-Abstracted Clinical, Healthcare-Associated Infection, PC-01, Structural, Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Personnel, DACA and QualityNet Security Administrator


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Noteworthy


AHA Urges MedPAC To Delay Vote

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The American Hospital Association has sent a letter to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission urging further study before voting on a recommendation that Congress accelerate the timeline for the development of a unified post-acute care PPS.

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Consider This ...

April is Donate Life Month. In the U.S. in 2016, organ transplants performed reached a new record high for the fourth consecutive year — 33,606 transplants were reported, representing an 8.5 percent increase over the 2015 total and an increase of 19.8 percent since 2012.

Source: Midwest Transplant Network