MHA Today | October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

twitter linkedin

Your Vote Matters Icon MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

Information about the Nov. 8 election is available on the Your Vote Matters page of Missouri Health Matters. Hospitals can help educate their communities about the election using the resources on MHAnet.

In This Issue
MHA Distributes FFY 2017 Medicare VBP Projection
MHD Posts Amended HCBS Waiver Transition Plan
CMS Regional Office Releases Provider Updates
MHA Launches Hospital Workplace Violence Immersion Project

H logo

MHA’s 94th Annual Convention & Trade Show
Register today!
Nov. 2-4
Tan-Tar-A Resort
Osage Beach, Mo.

state and federal health policy developments

MHA Distributes FFY 2017 Medicare VBP Projection

Staff Contacts: Andrew Wheeler or Leslie Porth

To assist member hospitals in preparing for the effects of future reimbursement changes relating to the Medicare Value-Based Purchasing Program, MHA is providing an analysis of the second quarter 2016 data found in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare database. Second quarter 2016 data is used to project the effects of the federal fiscal year 2017 Medicare VBP Program.

Although critical access hospitals currently are excluded from the program, CAHs that submitted data will receive the trends analysis report. CAHs will not receive the impact analysis report. The latest release indicates that the VBP effect on PPS hospital finances in Missouri is estimated to decrease operating payments by $766,800. These results are based on the latest available VBP data, which use different baseline and performance date ranges than the actual FFY 2017 program. Policy and analytic studies are made available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage.®

Back To Top

MHD Posts Amended HCBS Waiver Transition Plan

Staff Contact: Steve Renne

Missouri’s draft transition plan includes all Home- and Community-Based Services waivers administered by the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Social Services. The purpose of the plan is to ensure that individuals receiving HCBS waiver services are integrated and have access to support in the community.

Back To Top

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care

CMS Regional Office Releases Provider Updates

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ regional office in Kansas City has published an October provider update that highlights the “health care built environment,” reform requirements for long-term care facilities and readmission findings. As updates are published, they will be posted on the Regulatory page on MHA’s website. Regional updates include a variety of information from regulatory updates to informing the Midwest Division of special projects occurring in Region 7, including Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.

Back To Top

Quality and Population Health

MHA Launches Hospital Workplace Violence Immersion Project

Staff Contacts: Jackie Gatz or Alison Williams

MHA has developed a Workplace Violence Reduction Immersion Project to provide programmatic support and training to participating member hospitals related to workplace safety. The project will use Mitigation Dynamics’ Safe Training and Responsible Restraints (S.T.A.R.R.) program in an effort to train front-line care providers in the use of verbal de-escalation and safe restraint techniques to reduce adverse encounters, when appropriate. More information will be made available this week at MHA’s annual emergency preparedness conference, followed by a webinar at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. Further details about the S.T.A.R.R. program, including the project application, are available on MHA’s website. Applications must be submitted to MHA by Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Back To Top

Consider This ...

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Every year in the U.S., there are 26,000 stillbirths and 4,000 infants younger than one year that die unexpectedly.

Source: First Candle