MHA Today | August 8, 2016

August 8, 2016
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In This Issue
MHA Distributes Analysis For Proposed Updates To CY 2017 Home Health PPS
Observation Status Notice Law Takes Effect
June MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®

What You Need To Know This Week

  • A federal law requiring patients to be notified of Medicare observation status took effect Aug. 6. See the story below for more information.
  • A webinar focusing on opioid emergency department prescribing guidelines and related activity and resources in Missouri will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.
  • Comments regarding the proposed rules for the Medicare Conditions of Participation are due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday, Aug. 15. Look for MHA’s letter this week.

state and federal health policy developments

MHA Distributes Analysis For Proposed Updates To CY 2017 Home Health PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA has made available an analysis that illustrates the financial effect of the calendar year 2017 proposed home health PPS rule. The analysis, which is available online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®, includes a summary for the nation, state and individual hospitals. Updates include a marketbasket increase, rebasing adjustment as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, budget-neutrality and changes in the wage index. The effect of the proposed home health rule will decrease payments in Missouri by 0.9 percent. The analysis does not include the effect of the 2 percent sequestration. Hospitals have until Friday, Aug. 26, to review their hospital-specific data and submit comments.

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Observation Status Notice Law Takes Effect

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

A federal law now requires that Medicare patients be notified when their treatment is categorized as observation status rather than an inpatient admission. The law took effect Aug. 6. Enacted in 2015, its implementation was delayed a year to refine regulatory details. Final regulations were issued Aug. 2 in the Medicare inpatient PPS final rule for fiscal year 2017. However, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ official form for providing the notification awaits final approval under separate federal paperwork assessment standards.

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HIDI Tech Connect

June MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®

Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert

Data for the June 2016 monthly utilization report have been posted on HIDI Analytic Advantage® and are available to download for distribution or placement in a network folder. HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS has been updated to include this data. The contacts from the participating hospitals have been notified by email, and they may download and save the Excel worksheet to a secure location on their networks or PCs. The data are encrypted on the site and also during the transmission from HIDI. Once transferred, the data must be secured according to the hospital’s security procedures. July data are now being collected and are scheduled to be available Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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Consider This ...

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