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Rating Agency Suggests AHCA Halt May Increase Uncompensated Care Costs
CMS Releases HCP Measure Checklist
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
Fitch has released a brief suggesting that Congress’ failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act could lead to decreased enrollment in the individual marketplace and cause an increase in uncompensated care in 2018. The agency suggests that the American Health Care Act’s failure to advance could stifle the political will to address the larger marketplace problems that have led to continued enrollment declines. Because the ACA was not overturned, the individual and employer mandates remain in place. Nonetheless, even with the marketplace intact, Missouri experienced a drop in marketplace participation from 252,000 in 2016 to 244,000 in 2017. Tightening insurer participation and a continued drop in enrollees could lead to expansion of the uninsured and corresponding uncompensated care costs.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program resources and tools page on the Quality Reporting Center website has been updated with a National Healthcare Safety Network “Enrollment and Influenza Vaccination Among Healthcare Personnel Measure Data Submission Checklist.” The checklist will help IPFs with the NHSN enrollment process and subsequent submission of the influenza vaccination among HCP measure data.
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Pressure injuries, or bed sores, cost hospitals an estimated $9.1 to $11.6 billion annually to treat.
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review