MHA Today | April 5, 2017

April 5, 2017
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In This Issue
Prescription Drug Monitoring Opponent Shifts Stance
Committees Approve Hospital Licensure Changes
CMS Releases HQR 11.1
CMS Announces Preview Period For IQR Hospital-Specific Reports
Stratis Health Releases FLEX Program Guide
CDC Announces Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge Details
CMS Releases Hospital Quality Report Center Spring 2017 Newsletter

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Prescription Drug Monitoring Opponent Shifts Stance

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

State Sen. Rob Schaaf has been the most prominent opponent of proposed state legislation to create a state prescription drug monitoring program. His concerns have focused largely on privacy of patient data in the PDMP database. Yesterday, Sen. Schaaf unexpectedly announced his support for PDMP legislation recently passed by the House of Representatives, with one change. He wants the bill to be amended to require physicians to use the state PDMP so that it becomes a standard of care in treating patients with opioids.

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Committees Approve Hospital Licensure Changes

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Senate and House committees have unanimously approved Senate Bill 518 and House Bill 1069, respectively. The bills would allow compliance with the federal Medicare Conditions of Participation to satisfy or supplant duplicative or contradictory state hospital licensure standards. If enacted, the law would take effect in July 2018. MHA developed, and is promoting, the legislation as one of its regulatory relief initiatives.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Releases HQR 11.1

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released Hospital Quality Reporting 11.1. The release is available on QualityNet and includes all applications, processes and reports to support the following programs and initiatives: ambulatory surgical center quality reporting, PPS-exempt cancer hospital quality reporting, inpatient quality reporting and outpatient quality reporting. Details are available.

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CMS Announces Preview Period For IQR Hospital-Specific Reports

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The preview period for hospital-specific reports for fiscal year 2018 Inpatient Quality Reporting Program claims-based measures is Thursday, April 6, through Friday, May 5. Hospitals can view their HSRs on the QualityNet Secure Portal. HSRs include discharge-level data, hospital-specific results, and state and national results for the IQR claims-based measures. FY 2018 patient safety indicator results will not be included in HSRs with the July 2017 Hospital Compare release because of a PSI software issue.

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Stratis Health Releases FLEX Program Guide

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga

Stratis Health released a Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program guide to help other states establish Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program peer mentoring programs. Missouri is one of four states that provided input in the development of the MBQIP guide based on its onboarding and training activities with critical access hospitals across the state.

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CDC Announces Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge Details

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Leslie Porth

Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2022. To support improved blood pressure control, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced the 2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge. The challenge will help identify clinicians, clinical practices and health systems that have exceptional rates of hypertension control. The challenge starts Friday, April 7, and ends Friday, June 2. Email Mary George for more information.


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CMS Releases Hospital Quality Report Center Spring 2017 Newsletter

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the Hospital Quality Reporting Center spring 2017 newsletter. The newsletter includes information for acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities and PPS-exempt cancer hospitals.

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Consider This ...

Across Missouri, about 1 in 10 children has asthma. In some of the poorest areas in north St. Louis and St. Louis County, 1 in 5 children has the chronic disease.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch