MHA Today | July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016

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Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

Late last week, a new addition to the Pokémon game franchise was released. Unless you’ve avoided all forms of mass media since then, you’ve probably heard about it.

In less than a week, the game was setting records for downloads and resulting in players harming themselves through game- and device-related inattention to their surroundings. We even issued an alert in MHA Today warning hospitals that players may appear on their campuses searching for characters or engaging other players in challenges.

I’ve never played Pokémon. However, in the past I’ve purchased Pokémon game cards for a nephew. What I’ve learned about the game since last week, is that Pokémon is about evolution — it’s hard-wired into the company’s approach to the product and built into game play.

Hospitals know a lot about evolution. Not long after the original Pokémon game was launched in the mid-1990s, the Institute of Medicine released the “To Err Is Human” report that reframed and reignited quality and patient safety efforts nationally.

As the health care community moved toward formalized, evidence-based approaches to quality improvement, Missouri established a patient safety center through a partnership between MHA, the Missouri State Medical Association and Primaris. Originally, the core function of the patient safety organization was event reporting and root-cause analysis for improvement programs. Additionally, several quality improvement campaigns were coordinated through PSOs.

Since the state PSO was launched, most Missouri hospitals have established a PSO affiliation. However, with a decade passed, hospital quality and patient safety programs have evolved and expanded.

MHA supports hospital-PSO affiliation both from a policy standpoint and financially. However, with significant change in health care — from volume to value and from core measure reporting to outcome-based payments — having the right PSO partner in place has become a paramount concern.

MHA’s Strategic Quality Initiatives Advisory Committee — a group with significant physician representation — suggested MHA investigate whether a new PSO partner could better align quality and patient safety resources with hospital, physician and other providers’ goals. Moreover, they suggested that MHA’s strategic quality program align all of the patient safety, quality improvement and risk mitigation assets into a core package of services. This week’s announcement reflects major progress toward the goal of a more robust and integrated program. The partnership with VizientTM, and expanded work with Healthcare Services Group, are significant steps forward.

The VizientTM PSO will support the evolution of quality and patient safety. New provider types will be within the PSO’s umbrella and new opportunities will emerge for collaboration toward shared programs of improvement and patient protection.

Pokémon started as a role-playing game and evolved into a video game platform, a card game, movies and TV, and smart phone apps. Each step was bigger and better, increasing value for the company and the players.

The most recent Pokémon Go effort is instructive of value creation. Like Pokemon, the new PSO and HSG partnerships integrate the experience and expertise of the organizations to offer engaging evidence-based strategies as quality and patient safety efforts continue to evolve.

The best tools, in partnership with trusted organizations that share the same goals and values, will help hospitals drive the cultural shift needed to expand quality efforts and reduce harm. I’m confident the new PSO, and affiliated quality improvement and risk mitigation offerings, will further drive improvement for Missouri hospitals, and create value for providers and patients.

On the other hand, I worry that Pokémon Go will do more harm than good. Apparently, they need to rethink their safety program.

Send me an email to let me know what you’re thinking.

Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

Herb B. Kuhn
MHA President and CEO

In This Issue
Congressional Committee Advances Emergency Preparedness Legislation
TJC Changes SOC Process For Life Safety
CMS Extends IPFQR And PC-01 Submission Deadlines
BLS Reports Nearly 1 In 4 Jobs Created Is In Health Care

state and federal health policy developments

Congressional Committee Advances Emergency Preparedness Legislation

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Jackie Gatz

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved a new version of H.R. 3299, the “Strengthening Public Health Emergency Preparedness of 2016,” and issued a news release.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care

TJC Changes SOC Process For Life Safety

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Joint Commission has announced changes in their statements of conditions process effective Monday, Aug. 1. At the request of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, TJC no longer will accept self-identified deficiencies for life safety issues. Instead, it will take self-identified deficiencies and convert them to requirements for improvement by the surveyor. All LS chapter deficiencies identified during survey will become RFIs with a 60-day evidence of standards compliance. For deficiencies that require more than 60 days, a time-limited waiver process is available.

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Quality and Population Health

CMS Extends IPFQR And PC-01 Submission Deadlines

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended the submission deadline for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program to report calendar year 2015 data, and Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program providers to submit first quarter 2016 Perinatal Care Elective Delivery Measure (PC-01) data, to Friday, Aug. 26. The portal will open Tuesday, July 19. CMS encourages all participating hospitals to submit data at least two days before the deadline to allow time to address any submission issues. The data submission deadline for the IQR chart-abstracted clinical measures and health care-associated infection measures remains Monday, Aug. 15.

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Workforce News

BLS Reports Nearly 1 In 4 Jobs Created Is In Health Care

Staff Contact: Meredith Kenyon

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, since Jan. 1, the health care sector created 234,600 jobs, representing about 23 percent of the 1 million nonfarm jobs created in the overall economy. Thirty-nine thousand new health care sectors jobs were created in June alone. The 2016 growth is outpacing the 225,300 jobs created during this same time period in 2015, a year that finished with a record 471,600 new jobs in the health care sector. So far this year, hospitals have created 90,000 jobs, compared to 74,400 new jobs in the first half of 2015.

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Did You Miss An Issue Of MHA Today?

July 14, 2016
Congress Approves Opioid Abuse Response Legislation
CMS Announces 2015-2025 National Health Expenditures Data Projections
HHS Study Recommends Approaches To Control For Social Determinants Of Health
DSS Announces Partners For Missouri Perinatal Health Management Pilot Program
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
HIDI Offers Analytic Advantage® Training Course
CMS Announces IQR-EHR Incentive Program Outreach And Education Session
JAMA Research Shows Surgical Departments Lack Mentorship Programs
CMS Offers Provider Training For IRF And LTCH Quality Reporting Programs

July 13, 2016
CMS Releases Transplant Survey And Certification Memo
Trajectories — Diabetes: Population Health Improvement
CDC Releases Recommendations On Multistate Outbreak
Missouri Enacts Nursing Licensure Compact
New Pokémon Go Game App Includes Activities On Some Hospital Campuses
SAMHSA Releases States Report On Adolescent Depression
Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital Names New Director

July 12, 2016
MHA Distributes FFY 2017 Medicare VBP Projection
MHA And VizientTM Enter New Patient Safety Partnership And Align With HSG
JAMA Study Sites Risk For Chronic Opioid Use

July 11, 2016
Nixon Signs Health And Public Safety Bill
MHD Provides Coverage For Group Health Smoking Cessation
CMS Proposes CY 2017 Physician Fee Schedule Payment And Policy Updates

Consider This ...

In the last five years, the percentage of children living in poverty decreased 40 percent from 23.8 percent to 14.2 percent.

Source: America’s Health Rankings