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In This Issue
State Releases First MMIS RFP
Trajectories — Diabetes: Population Health Improvement
Ozarks Community Hospital Applies For License Suspension
Registration Opens For IRF And LTCH Quality Reporting Program Trainings
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Steve Renne
On July 1, the MO HealthNet Division issued the first component of the Medicaid Management Information System request for proposal. The purpose of the Business Intelligence Solutions and Enterprise Data Warehouse RFP is to procure a BIS-EDW solution that would provide a comprehensive, scalable and secure health care information solution to meet the administrative and program decision support, reporting and analytics needs of the Missouri Medicaid Enterprise for the next decade. Bids are due Thursday, Sept. 15.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Alison Williams
The July issue of Trajectories discusses the importance of diabetes management. The importance of early detection and strong clinical management of Type 2 diabetes mellitus cannot be underestimated. Microvascular changes leading to severe, life-altering clinical outcomes is the hallmark of uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes. People don’t die from diabetes; they die from complications of progressively worsening or uncontrolled blood glucose levels. Strong clinical leadership and guidance, coupled with improved self-management, is an overarching strategy to combat a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes and prevent worsening of the condition.
Type 2 diabetes management typically is progressive in nature. Initial management focuses on controlling dietary intake and increasing physical activity, coupled with regular home monitoring of fasting blood glucose levels and clinician-monitored serum hemoglobin A1C results. With worsening blood glucose levels, oral glycemic medications and insulin are introduced, dependent upon the patient’s individualized care needs.
Annually, the American Diabetes Association updates clinical guideline recommendations for Type 2 diabetes management. The 2016 revisions include screening, diagnostic and therapeutic evidence-based recommendations known, or believed, to improve health outcomes for people with diabetes. Learn how a five-point strategy can be used to reduce disparities related to diabetes screening, prevention and management.
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Staff Contact: Carol Boessen
Ozarks Community Hospital in Springfield has applied to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to suspend its license to operate a hospital, effective Monday, Aug. 1. OCH will cease operations beginning midnight, Sunday, July 31, for a period of no more than 180 days, but will retain its current hospital license. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services terminated OCH’s Medicare participation agreement effective Aug. 1. CMS argues that OCH does not satisfy the federal definition of a hospital because it is not primarily engaged in providing inpatient services. OCH disagrees with CMS’ assessment.
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Staff Contact: Jim Mikes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has opened registration for training sessions in Chicago at the Marriott O’Hare hotel for the inpatient rehabilitation facility and long-term care hospital quality reporting programs. Participants must register for each session separately. Click here to register for the IRF training session scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Wednesday, Aug. 10. Click here to register for the LTCH training session scheduled Thursday, Aug. 11. CMS also will be hosting a presentation on the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act data element standardization and interoperability at the end of the day on Aug. 10, which also requires separate registration. Training sessions will be streamed live for those unable to attend.
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With more than five million sufferers and possibly 13.8 million throughout the next three decades, Alzheimer's disease is a public health crisis that no longer can be ignored.
Source: Alzheimer’s Readiness Project