MHA Today | August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017
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In This Issue
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
President Trump Elevates Opioid Crisis To A National Emergency
TJC Releases Specifications Manual Version 2017B

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.

  • Reconsideration period ends Thursday, Aug. 17, for inpatient rehabilitation facility, long-term care hospital and hospice quality reporting programs
  • July 2017 outpatient PPS Pricer file
  • New Medicare card webpage updates
  • Electronic health record incentive program hardship exception application due by Sunday, Oct. 1

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Quality and Population Health


President Trump Elevates Opioid Crisis To A National Emergency

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Daniel Landon

Today, President Trump announced that he’s drafting paperwork to officially declare the opioid crisis a “national emergency” following the recent recommendation of the White House’s opioid commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. In addition to Gov. Christie, the members of the commission are Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.), Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.), Patrick Kennedy, a former democratic congressman from Rhode Island, and Bertha K. Madras, a Harvard Medical School professor who specializes in addiction biology.

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TJC Releases Specifications Manual Version 2017B

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission has released specifications manual version 2017B and associated release notes, effective for discharges Jan. 1, 2018, through June 30, 2018. Key changes to the manual include the following.

  • Addition of measures to the comprehensive stroke measure set:
    • CSTK 10 - Modified Rankin Score (mRS) at 90 Days: Favorable Outcome
    • CSTK 11 - Timeliness of Reperfusion: Arrival Time to TICI 2B or Higher
    • CSTK 12 - Timeliness of Reperfusion: Skin Puncture to TICI 2B or Higher
  • Updated references to several measure information forms
  • Clarifications to data element notes for abstraction in multiple measures
  • Updates to Appendix A for new CSTK measures and perinatal care measures
  • Minimal updates to Appendix C for stroke measures

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Consider This ...

According to research from the Boston Medical Center, from 2013 to 2015, 68,177 doctors received more than $46 million in payments from drug companies pushing powerful painkillers.

Source: The Washington Post