MHA Today | May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016
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In This Issue
MHA Distributes Analysis Of Proposed Medicare Inpatient PPS For FFY 2017
HIDI Hosts Expanded Discharge Data Collection Webinar
Trajectories — Hospital Preparedness
CMS Makes Available IRF QRP Provider Training Resources

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care

MHA Distributes Analysis Of Proposed Medicare Inpatient PPS For FFY 2017

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA has made available a summary and analysis of the federal fiscal year 2017 inpatient PPS proposed payment and policy updates. Hospitals have until Friday, June 17, to review their hospital-specific data and submit comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The analysis includes the financial effects of marketbasket updates, the budget neutrality adjustment, reductions mandated by the Affordable Care Act, prospective coding adjustment as mandated by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and two-midnight rule adjustments. The analysis also includes results from the proposed transition to S-10 for Medicare disproportionate share hospital uncompensated care payments and the transition to a Z-score methodology to assign hospital-acquired condition payment cuts. Results are illustrated in national, state, health system and individual hospital groupings. 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®.

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HIDI Tech Connect

HIDI Hosts Expanded Discharge Data Collection Webinar

Staff Contact: Bryant McNally

The Hospital Industry Data Institute is hosting a webinar about its expanded discharge data collection efforts on Thursday, May 26. HIDI recently began collecting preferred language, post-acute discharge (name and/or national provider identifier), and admission from post-acute (name and/or NPI) data. The webinar also will cover specific discharge data issues. Discharge data submitters and hospital quality and planning staff are encouraged to participate. The webinar is free to any MHA-member hospital.

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Quality and Population Health

Trajectories — Hospital Preparedness

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The May issue of Trajectories highlights the importance of hospital preparedness. The majority of Missouri’s funding for hospital emergency preparedness and response has been received through grants from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Hospital Preparedness Program, administered by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Since 2002, Missouri has received federal preparedness grants (Figure 1) with an overarching goal of increasing the capacity and capability of our health care delivery system for the purposes of disaster response. The grant funds have afforded Missouri’s health and medical partners the opportunity to strengthen the statewide foundation for individual organizations upon which to build. This includes, but is not limited to the following.

  • Health care coalitions: facilitating communication and coordination of regional health care partners
  • EMResource®: electronic reporting tool providing statewide situational awareness
  • eICS: electronic incident management tool, to include call notification and documentation for reimbursement and accreditation/licensure requirements
  • MHA mutual aid agreement: statewide document to facilitate the sharing of staff and resources among Missouri hospitals
  • Standardized, plain language emergency codes to facilitate strategies for worker and patient safety and compliance with the National Incident Management System
  • Deployable, mobile medical assets to include redundant communication systems, medical, respiratory and fatality surge capacity, and personal protective equipment for health care workers

HPP funds have been, and will continue to be, necessary to sustain many of the critical regional and statewide resources currently in place. Recent reductions of the grant program, however, prohibit direct funding at the organizational level to maintain programs for current and emerging threats. This further demonstrates the need for continued efforts organizationally to develop sustainable models of preparedness.

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CMS Makes Available IRF QRP Provider Training Resources

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is providing streaming video and YouTube replays of the inpatient rehabilitation facility quality reporting program provider training event being held today and tomorrow in Dallas. Email to receive notifications when YouTube resources become available.

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Consider This ...

Nearly three million people visited Missouri hospital emergency departments in 2015. That's almost one visit every 10 seconds.