MHA Today | July 13, 2017

July 13, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Senate Releases Updated Version Of The BCRA
MO HealthNet Solicits Comments On Medicaid Fee-For-Service Access Plan
CMS Extends Date To File Or Amend FY 2014 S-10 Data
MMAC Issues Update On Women’s Health Services Attestation
MHA Releases CAH FFY 2018 VBP Reports
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CMS Announces Hospital VBP Program Education Session
CMS Updates IQR Known Issues Documents

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state and federal health policy developments



Senate Releases Updated Version Of The BCRA

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Senate Republican leadership has released an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act. An additional $70 billion, for a total of $132 billion, in funding is marked to provide assistance for high-risk individuals, and a total of $112 billion will be available for long-term stabilization and innovation by the states. Funding in the amount of $45 billion has been marked for substance abuse control efforts as states fight the effects of opioid addiction. The new version does not make notable changes to the proposed Medicaid reforms, and Affordable Care Act taxes on high-income earners and insurer executive compensation were retained. Section summaries also have been released.

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MO HealthNet Solicits Comments On Medicaid Fee-For-Service Access Plan

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Brian Kinkade

As required by federal standards, the MO HealthNet Division is soliciting public comments regarding its Medicaid Fee-for-Service Access Monitoring Plan. Comments are due by Friday, Aug. 11, and can be emailed or mailed to the following address.

MO HealthNet Division
Attn: MO HealthNet Director
P.O. Box 6500
Jefferson City, MO 65102-6500


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CMS Extends Date To File Or Amend FY 2014 S-10 Data

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued Transmittal 1681, which gave hospitals until Sept. 30, 2016, to amend fiscal year 2014 cost reports for the purposes of revising S-10 data. Today, CMS announced that hospitals now have a second chance to change their FY 2014 S-10 data. Changes must be submitted by Saturday, Sept. 30.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care



MMAC Issues Update On Women’s Health Services Attestation

Staff Contacts: Jane Drummond or Daniel Landon

The Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance agency has issued an update on the attestation requirements of the Extended Women’s Health Services Program. As in past state fiscal years, hospitals, clinics and other entities receiving those funds must attest that they do not provide “abortion services.” The requirement is created by the Missouri General Assembly. Effective July 1, the compliance agency will be the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services rather than MMAC, although MMAC will retain a role in information collection. MHA is updating FAQs and other guidance about the requirement and the attestation process. One change is a clearer definition of abortion services, which encompasses referrals and excludes abortions done to save the life of the mother.

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MHA Releases CAH FFY 2018 VBP Reports

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Although critical access hospitals are excluded from the Medicare value-based purchasing pay-for-performance program, MHA is making available a simulation which illustrates the effect that such a program could have on CAHs. The report includes estimated fiscal implications and scoring for each VBP domain, including patient experience of care, clinical care, safety of care and efficiency of care.

Policy and analytic studies, prepared for distribution by the Hospital Industry Data Institute, are made available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage.® If you need a user ID and password or have questions about accessing the reports, contact HIDI.

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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.

  • Inpatient PPS hospitals: fiscal year 2014 S-10 revisions
  • Quality payment program: view recent webinar recordings
  • Quality reporting document architecture category III implementation guide available
  • Appeals call: audio recording and transcript

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Quality and Population Health



CMS Announces Hospital VBP Program Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program is scheduled at 1 p.m., Monday, July 24. The presentation will provide an overview of the fiscal year 2018 hospital value-based purchasing program percentage payment summary report. Registration is required.

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CMS Updates IQR Known Issues Documents

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

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

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Consider This ...

Nearly two-thirds of American boys and girls drink at least one sugar sweetened beverage on any given day.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention