MHA Today | April 6, 2017

April 6, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
House Advances Motorcycle Helmet Repeal
Committee Revises Right To Shop Proposal
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
HIDI Releases First Quarter FFY 2017 Inpatient, Outpatient, Missouri Databases
CMS Updates EHR Known Issues Documents
CMS Announces Education Session
HRSA Accepts Applications For Nursing Scholarships
MHA Submits Second Request To WPS

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


House Advances Motorcycle Helmet Repeal

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The House of Representatives has given first-round approval to House Bill 576 with several amendments. The legislation would allow most motorcyclists age 21 or older to ride without wearing a helmet, with some caveats concerning experience, training and insurance coverage.

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Committee Revises Right To Shop Proposal

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

A state Senate legislative committee has approved a scaled-back version of the so-called “Right to Shop” legislation. The new version of Senate Bill 245 applies only to the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan, which provides coverage for state employees. The requirements for providers to furnish additional price transparency data also were deleted. The underlying proposal permits enrollees to share in the savings if negotiated payments are less than the insurer’s average reimbursement.

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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.

  • 2018 Medicare shared savings program: notice of intent to apply guidance document available
  • lumbar spinal fusion CMS provider minute video — provider compliance
  • open payments: prepare to review reported data call — Thursday, April 13
  • clinical laboratory data reporting: enforcement discretion
  • merit-based incentive payment system group web interface and consumer assessment of health providers and systems reporting — registration period open through Friday, June 30

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases First Quarter FFY 2017 Inpatient, Outpatient, Missouri Databases

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The first quarter federal fiscal year 2017 inpatient and outpatient databases, including HIDI-reporting Hospitals in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas City, Kan., are available for download to subscribers of the Premier Data Package on HIDI Analytic Advantage.® The databases consist of a patient-level limited dataset, including all HIDI-reported discharges and visits to hospitals. Files are delivered as both text files and ready-to-query Microsoft Access database files. The files are located in the “Strategic Planning/Premier Data” folder and are organized in the following categories.

  • Q1 FFY2017, Inpatient
  • Q1 FFY2017, Outpatient Classified
  • Q1 FFY2017, Outpatient Unclassified

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the 2017 HIDI Premier Data Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Updates EHR Known Issues Documents

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the known issues document associated with the electronic health record program. The document has been updated with issue resolutions and newly identified issues, and is available on QualityNet.

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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 and hospital value-based purchasing programs at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 11. The webinar, titled “Hospital IQR & VBP Programs: Claims-Based Measures Hospital Specific Report Overview and Updates,” will provide a summary of national rates and performance categories used in the IQR program; details on receiving HSRs; a review of claims-based measure calculations and reading of HSRs; and the process of submitting a review and corrections request. Registration is required.

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Workforce News


HRSA Accepts Applications For Nursing Scholarships

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the 2017 Nurse Corps Scholarship Program through Thursday, May 11. Students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree nursing program can receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs. Graduates must work at an eligible facility with a critical shortage of nurses. A program guide and recorded webinar are available for additional information.

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Noteworthy


MHA Submits Second Request To WPS

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

MHA has submitted a second request to Wisconsin Physicians Services on behalf of its member hospitals. MHA requests that WPS delay implementing a new policy that requires hospital sleep labs to obtain a separate accreditation. A delay would give hospitals and accrediting organizations the time necessary to complete the accreditation process.

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Consider This ...

Today has been designated Safe Haven for Newborns Day in Kansas City, Mo. At least 47 babies have been saved under the Safe Haven law in Missouri since the law went into effect in 2003, and Kansas reports at least eight babies have been saved since 2006.

Source: The Kansas City Star