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In This Issue
CMS Solicits Comments On MOON Through Sept. 1
CMS Schedules Education Session On IPPS Quality Reporting Mercy Hospital Washington Names New President
How to Navigate the New Quality Payment Programs and Beyond
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the revised Medicare Outpatient Observation Notification draft and instructions. The revised MOON 30-day comment period ends Sept. 1. CMS anticipates final approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act at the beginning of October. In addition, CMS has stated that the requirements are not effective until an approved Office of Management and Budget control number has been issued. Once the OMB has issued a control number, hospitals and critical access hospitals will have 90 calendar days to implement.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
An outreach and education webinar for Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program participants is scheduled at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29. The webinar, titled “FY 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule,” will familiarize participants with the FY 2017 IPPS hospital quality program’s implications for quality reporting. The webinar also will address the final rule’s impact on the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program and Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. Registration is required.
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Staff Contact: Carol Boessen
Eric Eoloff has been named President of Mercy Hospital Washington, effective Sept. 6. Eoloff has been with Mercy for more than 10 years, most recently as President of Mercy Labs. He succeeds Terri McLain, President Emeritus, who retired after having served as President since March 2007. A list of CEO changes is available online.
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Before there was a Chickenpox vaccine, the disease caused about 4 million people to get sick, more than 10,500 hospitalizations, and about 100 to 150 deaths annually.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention