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MHA Distributes Analysis For Proposed CY 2017 Medicare Outpatient PPS
AHA Issues Compendium Of Appropriate Use Toolkits
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
MHA has made available an analysis illustrating the financial effect of the proposed calendar year 2017 outpatient 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. Nationally, hospitals will experience an estimated 1.6 percent increase in payments. Missouri also is modeled to receive an estimated payment increase of 1.6 percent. Although footnoted, the analysis does not reflect the effects of the 2 percent sequestration. Hospitals have until Tuesday, Sept. 6, to review their hospital-specific data and submit comments.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Alison Williams
The American Hospital Association’s Physician Leadership Forum and Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative released a compendium of toolkits to help hospital leaders, clinicians and patients examine the appropriate use of medical resources in five key areas: blood management, antimicrobial stewardship, ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, elective percutaneous coronary intervention and aligning treatment with patient priorities for use of the intensive care unit. The toolkits were developed by a broad group of national organizations and content experts based on a 2013 AHA white paper on reducing the use of nonbeneficial services while improving health care overall. In an AHASTAT blog post, AHA Chief Medical Officer John Combes, M.D., encouraged hospitals to use the compendium and its discussion guide to explore the issue with their boards, medical staff and community leaders.
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August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month. SMA affects approximately 1 in 10,000 babies, and about 1 in every 50 Americans is a genetic carrier. SMA can affect any race or gender.